Graybrow's Fall

Failures and Triumphs
In which we learn that fire is not always the best answer...

The party descended the mountains with the two survivors of the Basilisk’s lair. On their way down, they encountered an Ice Golem, at the point in the path that had been broken off by the large boulder. He created an ice bridge, and began advancing on the party. Attempting to attack the creature, The Mighty Tiggs attempted to cross the bridge, but slipped and fell down into the depths. Kresh and Torojiro attempted to fight the beast, using Kresh’s Flaming Sword of Fire and Torojiro’s newfound Psionic powers. Unfortunately, they were standing on an ice bridge, which melted, causing the creature and Kresh to fall. Torojiro jumped down to assist his comrade. During the battle, the merchant had been frozen. Despite the best efforts of Nell, he died. Duchess attempted to carry the small girl across the chasm, but fell. The two were impaled on rocks. Duchess survived, but the little girl, unfortunately was lost.Clusterfuck also fell down the chasm, injuring himself greatly. Nell healed the party, and they rested and regrouped, making their way back to the cottage.

Once they were at the cottage, they saw two War Horses, from Everthorn. Duchess snuck up to the window and discovered General Romulus and Temple Bane torturing Raina and Bartholomew to find out the party’s whereabouts. They are, after all, wanted criminals in Everthorn. Romulus revealed that he had a small army of Paladins searching the nearby town. He began to torture the two with a hot poker.

The party made a loud noise, luring Temple Bane outside. After a skirmish, he was knocked out and left for dead. The party then went inside, where Romulus was holding Raina. He called upon an associate of his (Patrick, the Minotaur), who burst through the wall (Oh Yeah!), and attacked the party. Spells were cast, axes were swung, badgers were summoned, and after a lengthy battle, Romulus had escaped. Tiggs had managed to beat the Minotaur to death, but he was too late to save Kresh, who was killed by the creature’s great axe. Nell used the Resurrection staff to revive her fallen comrade, and the party even managed to save Raina and Bartholomew. Kresh mused over his trip to Valhalla for a bit, before deciding to stay with the party. The party moved forward, into an uncertain future, to escape their pursuers, and find the way to Haven.

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Adventure 10: All we wanna do is eat your brains
In the cave waits death and magic...

After waiting for Tiggs to climb up the mountain, our heroes entered the cave. With their awesome vision, Tiggs and Kresh were able to spot a small spring amongst many petrified statues. After carefully searching the cave, they discovered the spring was guarded by a deadly Basilisk. Thinking quickly, Nell of Everthorn cast obscuring mist, protecting them from the creatures petrifying gaze. A long, confusing battle ensued, but the creature was finally destroyed. During the fight,Torjiro made his way to the spring and jumped in. His body was immediately torn apart and put back together. During this transformation, he was reminded of an ancient ritual the monks had used on him long ago, unlocking his full Psionic potential.

The party then attempted to heal the few statues that were in perfect condition. Two, a merchant and a little girl, were restored to full health while another, a gnome, suffered a heart attack. Anna “Duchess” Catslove threw the gnome in the spring to see if it would bring him back to life, but he just kinda floated there.

The party then decided to rest, but their rest was interrupted by the arrival of the Basilisk’s MindFlayer Master, who took over the mind of Duchess and forced her to stab Clusterfuck. The party freed her, and prepared to fight the beast. The creature blasted the party with his horrible mind-rape attacks, and almost succeeded in eating Kresh’s brain (a meager meal indeed), but was finally killed by the skillfull swordplay of Duchess Catslove. Feeling that this was not the safest place to stay, the party began to make their way down the mountain.

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Adventure 9: The Treacherous Climb
In which our heroes embark on a journey to save one of their own

The party was greeted with surprise by the young couple, Raina and Bartholomew. However, after they had explained themselves, were given shelter. After they explained Torojiro’s ailment, Raina told the party about a magic spring atop Mt. Beljar. According to her studies many merchants go, seeking the water from the small spring, located in a cavern guarded by a giant beast. Few merchants return, and those that do are reduced to fearful shells of their former selves. The party decided to, after buying some cold weather gear and healing potions, head up the mountain.

When they began their journey, they discovered a path used by many merchants. Continuing down this path, the party discovered an overturned wagon. Wise to this trick, The Mighty Tiggs tried to intimidate his foes with a mighty shout. Unfortunately, this did not scare away the thieves. Neither did Clusterfuck’s threats to smite them with a mighty spell. A battle ensued, and our heroes were able to make short work of these would-be thieves.

As they furthered their way up the mountain, a large boulder fell on the path, breaking off a large part of it and separating the party. Duchess concocted a brilliant plan to tie herself to Clusterfuck and scale the steep ledge. She was successful. Nell of Everthorn attempted a jump, but fell short. Luckily, she was saved by a tightly secured rope and a well-timed Featherfall spell. The party ventured on.

Suddenly, they were attacked by 3 undead assassins sent by Zaruth, Graybrow’s old apprentice. As Duchess and Kresh fought the melee fighters, Nell was able to makethem explode by Turning the Undead, while Tiggs made short work of the Elven Archer.

Venturing forward, our heroes finally made their way to the cavern. Unfortunately, a sleeping troll was blocking their path. Duchess tried to assassinate the troll while he slept, but stepped on a twig and woke him anyway. A bloody battle ensued, and The Mighty Tiggs was pushed off the cliff, falling on the path 30 feet below. Separated from his comrades, he began the treacherous climb up the path to join them.

Meanwhile, the other party members were able to finally dispatch the troll, with Torojiro breaking the monsters neck. Waiting for Tiggs’s return, the party looked at the ominous cavern, knowing that the cure lies within…

This was recorded:

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Adventure 8: Descent Into Darkness
In which our heroes face a dungeon sans dragons.

The party entered the dungeon, though only Kresh Worldstomper and The Mighty Tiggs could see. Clusterfuck proved mildly useful by casting a light spell, allowing the party to venture forth, evading their pursuers.
The party soon came across a large pit filled with spikes. This had become old hat for them, so they had Torojiro Shuusaku jump across the pit and secure a rope to the other party members, as a sort of safety cord. Unfortunately, both Tiggs and Nell had not tied their rope so well, and ended up impaled on the spikes. They got better though, thanks to Nell’s healing powers.
After fighting through a few Dire Rats, the party came across a chest. Anna “Duchess” Catslove foolishly picked the lock without checking for traps, causing poisonous darts to hit the entire party. Though Kresh Worldstomper began to succumb, he was quickly healed by Nell. In the chest, the party found a few valuable magical weapons. Claiming these weapons as their own, they settled for a brief rest before continuing through the Dungeon.
When they ventured further, many split paths caused the party to become confused. Clusterfuck enchanted Duchess’s rapier so it would cast a light as she explored further ahead, followed by the ever-grumpy Tiggs. Duchess, unfortunately, fell into a horrible trap: a large room where the walls were beginning to close in. The other party members tried to break through the doors. Kresh asked Clusterfuck to cast his last remaining spell (Featherfall) on the door. This did not do anything but make Kresh look like a damned idiot. Luckily, Torojiro and Kresh were able to locate the off switch and save Duchess from a grisly fate.
The party ventured further into the dungeon, braving wire traps and dire rats. Finally, they came to a door with a riddle on the front:
Blood of the Just
Hair of the sinful
Spit of the brave
Wasted Breath of the foolish
Sealed with the prayer of the sun.

Using Torojiro’s blood, Duchess’s hair, Tiggs’s spit, and Kresh’s breath, Nell recited the prayer of the sun and the door opened revealing a large golden Sarcophagus. Upon opening the Sarcophagus, the party was attacked by an ancient Mummy. Kresh ran away, he was that scared.
A massive battle ensued, and the party was almost defeated. At the last minute, Kresh joined the battle to assist his comrades. With many Swipes of Tiggs’s Axe, Battle cries from Kresh, Flying fists from Torojiro, Rapier jabs from Duchess, and several Healing prayers from Nell, the party was able to defeat the horrid beast. However, their victory did come at a great cost: Torojiro was cursed with Mummy rot, and was slowly beginning to wither away into dust. Hoping to find a cure for this ailment, the party searched the chest where they discovered a Staff of Resurrection and a ring of teleportation. Using the ring, the party disappeared from the dungeon.

They reappeared in the living room of a young couple. They were both shocked to see these warriors appear so suddenly. It was just more stress for poor Raina, especially considering all the strange dreams she’s been having lately.

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Adventure 7: The Trial of Ethan Slightfingers
In which the beans are spilled...

The party woke up early the next morning to discuss their plans. During this discussion, Duchess Catslove revealed that she had not met with the adventurers randomly: she accompanied them to ensure the safety of her brother, Ethan Slightfingers. The Mighty Tiggs flipped a table. Everyone was shocked.
Under Nell’s truth spell, Duchess revealed that she lives in the center of the border forest in a small wooded village called Haven. The horrible monsters in the forest do not attack the villagers, as Haven is protected by the Great Wizard, Graybrow. Duchess explained further that Graybrow was not the villain that the history books make him out to be. In fact, the hero of the story, Zaruth, was the monster. Graybrow used his most powerful magics to stop his evil apprentice from destroying the world. At this cost, Graybrow was greatly weakened and the East was sealed off. HIstory remembers Zaruth as the victor, who died to save the world from magic. The weakened Graybrow had been tending to those whose homes had been taken over by the Border Forest for the past century.
Now that horrible monsters and dark forces seemed to be returning to the land, Graybrow sent Duchess and Ethan on a secret mission. Ethan was sent to investigate a connection between King Thristel and the East, while Duchess was sent to gather a small team of warriors to invade the East.
Tiggs flipped another table.

At the trial, the party did their best to get Ethan out of an execution, but he was sentenced anyway. However, the trial was interrupted by a loud explosion. In the confusion, Ethan stole Duchess’s Ring of Teleportation, took the King’s Daughter hostage, and disappeared. The party members accompanied the Paladin Markis to find that the bridge to the Courtroom was gone and smoke was coming from the city. Torojirio leapt across the Chasm, then pulled his companions across in the Bag of Holding. Once they arrived in the city, they found many starving, crazed Orcs and Ogres that had broken out of the Everthorn Prison. They also saw many Wizards fighting local Paladins as well as the Orcs. It was a mess.
Though Kresh Worldstomper tried to reason with the orcs, they weren’t having any of it. Neither were the Paladins, who insisted the magical heretics be executed for freeing these beasts. A great battle ensued. In the aftermath the Party realized that they had been seen aiding the mages by Markis. Nell promptly used a sleep spell on him.
The Wizards explained that they were trying to liberate their imprisoned comrades, as well as recover various artifacts. Unfortunately, their information was flawed, and they set free many of the monsters imprisoned in the dungeon. They did show the party the opening to a dungeon where the magical artifacts were kept, explaining that there were a few items down below that would help them escape the city. As they prepared to enter, however, they were attacked by a 5-headed Hydra. Many of the mages were killed in this battle, and the party sustained great injuries, but the monster was slain thanks to the party’s amazing battle tactics and combat prowess.
Once the Hydra was defeated, the brave adventurers ventured into the deep dark dungeon to escape the rapidly approaching Paladins. The wizards, with the exception of Clusterfuck decided to stay and buy the party some time. As the Paladins approached, the Wizards wondered if the dungeon they had sent our heroes was more perilous than the army they were about to face…

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Adventure 6: Dealings in Everthorn (Part 2)
In which the party fights magic with incompetence...

The party headed forward into the tunnel. There, they found a small resistance, ready to fight them to the death. There was an elder wizard, an elven ranger, a few halfling archers, and a clumsy mage. While the others tried to reason with the group, Tiggs and Kresh made things a bit more difficult by fighting (and killing) a few of the archers. As the battle escalated, the clumsy mage read one of the many scrolls on the shelf. A brief peace was initiated, due to the threatening presence of Kresh. While peace talks were being made, however, a creature was being summoned at the center of the room. The party joined forces with the resistance to partake in a lengthy battle against a Displacer beast. Though the fight took quite some time, but the party managed to annihilate the beast. The entire battle was recorded by Cluster, the mage who had caused the problem initially. Though his skills in magic were virtually nonexistent, he did inspire the party with tales of great deeds. The battle was lengthy but with a series of Axe Hacking, Head Punching, Rapier Jabbing, and Mace Bashing, the creature was reduced to a few twitching bits of meat.
Torojiro, Kresh, and Nell were sent to the Abbey, where Torojiro was cured of his lycanthrope. Tiggs and Duchess met with the leader of the resistance. While they remained sympathetic to the cause, and did find out that they planned on doing something during the trial to release their imprisoned brethren, they neither committed nor inquired as to what the plans were. When the rest of the party returned, they took the same stance. They went back to The Feathered Quill, while Tiggs went to give information to his fellow mercenaries. Nelis advised that he not reveal this information to the king, but to keep a keen eye out. Their loyalties, as of yet, are undefined.

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Adventure 6: Dealings in Everthorn (Part 1)
In which the party completes one quest and embarks on another...

The guards met the party with a bit of suspicion, though they became quite compliant after seeing Ethan Slightfingers in the party’s custody. They agreed to escort the Adventurers back to the king so The Mighty Tiggs could collect his payment. Unfortunately, Kresh Worldstomper was held in custody on the grounds of being an orc. King Thristel paid the adventurers for their services and allowed Kresh to be released into the custody of Torojiro Shuusaku. While Torojiro, Kresh, and Nell went to visit the Peloran Temple, Tiggs met with his fellow mercenaries, Nelis and Joban, at The Slag.
Nelis and Joban collected the guild’s cut of the pay and applauded his efforts. They then let Tiggs know about a whispered rumor of an underground group of mages who, tired of being oppressed in the anti-magic land, were planning something drastic. Tiggs was charged to gather information to decide which side the Dwarves should take. This had to be handled delicately to prevent an all-out war.
At the Temple, Nell met up with her old friend Cinder, the priestess, who took the WereRat child out of Torojiro’s custody and promised to care for her. She took them to the Eldest cleric, who was having a heated debate with the young Paladin, Markis. Markis was trying to find some of the missing clerics (the only magic users legally allowed were clerics of Pelor and Paladins. Arcane magic users were hunted and imprisoned, and any magic items are held by the king). Markis left shortly after. The elder told Torojiro where he could find help: the underground mages. He just didn’t know where they were.
Duchess Catslove went about town to purchase new clothing and take care of her own business. She did not wish to discuss this with anyone else.
The party met at The Feathered Quill and discussed their predicament. Duchess and Tiggs went back to the slag to see if they could find any information. Duchess found some in the form of the halfling drug dealer, Constantine Rofan. Constantine duped Duchess into smoking some devilweed and did not give her any useful information. He also attempted to drug Tiggs, but failed. Tiggs took Constantine outside and roughed him up a bit. This proved quite useful: Constantine receives the materials for his drugs from the mages. He told Tiggs to look under the steps of the library at Sundown the next day. Tiggs collected Duchess and went back to the Inn.

The next evening, the party went to the library. They found a secret tunnel underneath the library. Unfortunately, Constantine had warned the mages, and they sent a few halfling rogues and a sorcerer. Tiggs turned the halflings into Quarterlings, while Nell and Duchess knocked out the sorcerer. Kresh and Torojiro had, unfortunately, been paralyzed by the mage. The party then heard a magical alarm go off. Their presence had not gone unnoticed…

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Adventure 5: The Tower of Horrors (Part 3)
In which luck just barely overcomes stupidity...

The party looked at the battle in front of them and decided that they would not be receiving any rest in this room. Torojiro Shuusaku Attempted to strike an alliance with the Orc Barbarian, Kresh Worldstomper. Unfortunately, it took more than a bit of diplomacy to keep Kresh from taking a strike at The Mighty Tiggs. Duchess Catslove Made her way to a prison cell, where she saw a little girl about to be fed to a beastly werewolf. She attempted to talk her way out of this situation, but was met with snarls and claws. Torojiro, hearing the girls cries, leapt into the room, leaving Tiggs and Kresh to sort out their own differences. Duchess, seeking to aid her friends against the undead, was attacked by one of the ghoulish corpses, and fell unconscious.

Meanwhile, Nell of Everthorn, much to the dismay of Mona, attempted to help a young man who was fighting off a large mob of zombies with a table leg. Unfortunately, Nell and Anders were overcome by the zombies, and the young man was eaten. The rest of the party, too busy protecting Duchess, was unable to help Nell.

Kresh and Torojiro slaughtered the werewolf and saved the little girl. Unfortunately, the stress caused her to change into a Wererat and bite Torojiro. The wererat was knocked unconscious and reverted to a little girl. Torojiro took the little girl with him, bound so she could not attack.

The heroes returned and were able to wipe out the rest of the zombies. When they moved into the next room, they saw two large creatures, an ogre and a troll, filleting humanoids and throwing their bodies and skeletons into large piles. The party knew that their only chance would be to sneak around these two behemoths. Unfortunately, nobody told Kresh. Kresh approached the two beasts and said, quite loudly, “Hey, you big squishies. You got any shinies?”
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He was immediately smashed down by the two beasts and forced to run. The party lured the monsters into the dungeon hallway and pelted them with Alchemist’s fire.

Fleeing the inferno, the party attempted to go out the front door, but were warned by Mona that the tower was surrounded by living trees with a lust for human flesh. Seeing no other alternative, they took to the basement in search of the sewer drain. In the dark, dingy sewers, there was a large crack in the ground. From this crack sprung several Wights.

The party was overrun with Wights! It took the very last bit of their strength to fend them off. During this fight, Mona exposed herself as a succubus. Out of shame, she ran into the fires away from Nell. Her fate is unknown.
Once the wights were defeated, the party jumped down sewage drain and crawled through human waste. When they came out, they were greeted by a guard.
“What business have you in Everthorn City?”

They Had Arrived.

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Adventure 5: The Tower of Horrors (Part 2)
In which a hero falls and hope is scarce...

The battle did not go well for the party. As the fire began consuming the room,Doctor Thelonious slowly regained control of his machine. Nell, who had been horribly scarred by the last attack, was led to a secret back room by Mona. There, she found a wealth of magical items, confiscated by Thelonious. She also noticed that the door was able to be sealed. Using a healing potion, she returned to health, and beckoned her comrades to take shelter in the saferoom.

Outside, the battle continued to rage on. Folith was struck down by the giant machine, instantly knocked out in a crumpled heap on the floor. Ethan Slightfingers attempted to heal him, but only managed to stabilize his condition. In a feat of great bravery, Duchess Catslove scaled the top of the machine and dealt a crucial blow to Thelonious himself. The machine struck Catslove off of its back, damaging itself in the process. The blow was enough to weaken the machine, but rendered Duchess a broken crumpled heap.

Torojiro, who had heard Nell’s plan, told her of the party’s condition. Nell ran from her hiding place and used the last of her spells to heal her friend. Meanwhile, The Mighty Tiggs struck a blow to the mechanical beast that sparked an fountain of flames. The party knew that the room would soon be engulfed in a blazing inferno. Tiggs and Torojiro ran for the saferoom, while Ethan grabbed an unconscious Duchess. Nell was faced with a horrible choice: Save her fallen friend, Folith, or save herself. Fearing that neither would survive if she saved him, she made her way back to the saferoom. Folith’s body, clothing, and all of his belongings were consumed by the flames.
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In the magical storage room, the party was able to restock on healing potions, as well as recover their magical belongings. They were able to restore all of Nell’s spells for the day, and heal themselves. Amongst the items, was a vial, able to quell the flames outside. Once they froze over the laboratory, they searched the remains of the battle. They found Thelonious’s charred body, forever in his machine. They also paid their respects to Folith’s ashes.

The party made their way down the hallway, making sure to avoid traps. They were horrified when they found the dungeon they had been imprisoned in moments earlier was covered in blood. Eltar’s body lie in a pile of gore, his face removed. The party followed an eerie giggling to the cell of Kindly John. Kindly John, wearing Eltar’s face, proceeded to taunt the group, claiming to serve a being known only as “The Duck of Secrets”. He tried to confuse the group with a riddle, but was met with an arrow to the hand from Tiggs. The arrow shattered the Duck’s hold over kindly John, and the two dispersed into the ether.

The group travelled downstairs, where they were met with a zombie attack. The party readied themselves for battle once more, wondering if they should join the unruly prisoners and Barbaric Orc, smashing his way through the zombies…

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Adventure 5: The Tower of Horrors (Part 1)
Wherein our heroes face unprecedented terrors...

The party awoke in a dungeon, guarded by clockwork men. Thanks to the clever lockpicking of Anna “Duchess” Catslove and the brutal lock smashing of The Mighty Tiggs and Torojiro, the party managed to escape. They disarmed the guards, which was no small feat, and engaged them in battle. Ethan Slightfingers decided it was in his best interest to join the party for now. Nell of Everthorn used her magic to create a smoke cloud, seemingly deactivating the guards. The party used this distraction to dismantle their remaining foes. After relocating their armor and weapons, they were approached by another prisoner, Eltar Zolon. Eltar had been a soothsayer, his mystic eyes plucked out by the Inquisition. He told them of a mad man who performed horrific experiments at the top of the tower. He offered to either heal the warriors, or tell them of their future. Those that chose to hear their futures:
Tiggs: Tiggs learned that he would leave the Dwarven kingdom in disgrace, but return a king.
Nell: Nell was warned of disillusionment and corruption of her god, should she fail a great test in her future.
Folith: Folith was told of a magic that has chosen him to become either great or terrible, but ultimately powerful.
Torojiro: Torojiro was warned that his actions, though heroic at the time, would ultimately lead to a bloody tragedy.

The rest chose to be healed. They party also encounter Kindly John, a disturbing prisoner who told them of what they will face upstairs, and how they will be devoured.

As the warriors made their way upstairs, they were forced to battle more clockwork foes, as well as navigate a hallway of traps. While Duchess was searching a suspicious looking carpet, Torojiro, in a rather fool-hardy move, ran right over it. This caused him to fall into a pit of spikes. The rest of the party chose to jump over the pit, however, Torojiro tripped and fell in again. Nell’s healing spells may have been able to heal the wound, but his pride would not be so resilient.
The top floor was filled with gold, covered with rotting corpses. Folith decided to ignore these corpses and pocket the gold, despite the warnings from his fellow travelers. As they made their way through the hallway, they saw various lab tables with failed experiments. A two-headed creature begged for death (which Folith quickly provided). They then proceeded to the lab.

Once in the lab, the party discovered Dr. Quentin Thelonious and his slave, Mona. Thelonious, upon seeing the party, retreated into his giant mechanized armor. He began attacking the party with giant balls of Fire. Folith, attempting to cut off his fuel supply, slashed open a main full of flammable fluids that covered him and Duchess. Nell and Ethan immediately made their way to the main console, where they successfully disabled the machine: unlocking every door in the tower. Thelonious attacked them with fire, and Nell was severely burned. Mona, who had taken a liking to Nell in their brief time together, began to drag her off somewhere safe. As Thelonious lumbered towards the rest of the party, going in for the kill, Torojiro managed to land a stunning hit. The armor began rebooting, buying the party a little bit of time. The remaining four readied themselves for the fight of their lives, as the room became engulfed in flames…

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