Campaign of the Month: September 2012
A Manifestation of Chaos
Session 85 Expanded
28th Day of Reaping CY 623
Location: The Underdark – World Map
Map Tab Color: Purple
Gobbo makes his way up to the far left alcove and carefully looks for traps as he approaches the silver keyhole. He picks the far right keyhole and starts to pick the first lock, successfully picking the lock, then quickly turns his attention to the next lock, managing to unlock that one as well at the last moment, then finally turns his attention to the last lock, but in his frustration to unlock it, his pick gets stuck and triggers the trap.
A shimmering wall of force appears behind Gobbo, walling himself off from the rest of the party and several devils appear in the room beyond around the other party members. Castiel takes a small step backwards, away from the devil in front of him and then unleashes a series of attacks, landing several attacks for a moderate amount of damage. The devil in front of Will Kaden starts to attack him, nearly landing a mighty blow, but is able prevent it from doing a massive amount of damage. The devil continues his attack on Will Kaden, landing several blows on him, but he is able to resist any other effects of the attack.
The next devil unleashes his attacks on Allister Tain, landing a mighty blow on him, but Will Kaden sacrifices his own health to preserve Allister’s health. It continues his attack on Allister Tain, landing several blows, but Allister Tain is able to resist any of the other effects of the attacks. The next devil attacks Castiel, landing several attacks for only a moderate amount of damage, while the final devil attacks Ner’zul landing several attacks on the Lich, but only does a small amount of damage to him. The final devil attacks Sir Aegon, but is only able to hit him once for a minor amount of damage.
Gobbo scratches his head, then starts to try the keyholes again, managing to get through the first one. Will Kaden steps up to the devil that attacked him and attempts to sunder the devil’s chain, but is unable to connect with the chain. Sir Aegon moves over to the devil that was attacking Will Kaden, provoking attacks of opportunity from several of the devils and is only struck by one of the devils, then unleashes a spell strike to the large devil, but is unable to connect with the monster. Allister Tain takes out one of his staffs, then casts a targeted dispel on the bigger of the devils, removing 3 magic effects from the devil.
Ferreal defensively casts haste upon the majority of the party then flies up into the air, narrowly avoiding an attack of opportunity from one of the devils. Ner’zul moves behind Castiel, then casts blessings of fervor upon the party, excluding himself and Gobbo, then quickly casts a bless spell upon the party as well.
Within the trap, Gobbo is able to shrug off the effects of flesh to stone, while randomness of the area creates the effect that physical effects aren’t as effective, while spells remain fully effective. Castiel unleashes a flurry of attacks on the devil in front of him, landing two mighty blows for a large amount of damage and several more attacks for a moderate amount of damage, killing it and moving slightly closer to the next devil
The large devil calls out to Sir Aegon , I challenge you to one on one combat. Call off your dogs.” A devil flies up to Ferreal and starts to attack the wizard, landing his attack and causing one of his contingencies to trigger, bringing 7 images into effect, but the devil still manages to connect with him. Another devil attacks Castiel, but is unable to affect the angel. One of the other devils attacks Allister Tain, landing one mighty blow and several smaller blows for a moderate amount of damage.
Gobbo moves over to the next keyhole and deftly disarms the keyhole. Allister Tain casts mass cure serious wounds upon the party, with exception to Gobbo and Ner’zul, then Allister Tain steps up to the devil next to him. Will Kaden once again attempts to sunder the big devil’s chain, but is unable connect with it. Sir Aegon pulls out a wand, which the devil sunders into wooden pieces, then attempts to stab the devil, but is unable to connect with it.
Ferreal is unable to move, being stunned by the previous attack and then Ner’zul moves to Sir Aegon then casts a greater heroism upon him. The big devil steps backward and drinks a potion, drawing an attack from Will Kaden, but Will Kaden is unable to connect with his attack.
A wave of negative energy washes over the party, harming most and healing Ner’zul and the devils. Within the trap, lightning flashes all around Gobbo, who is able to avoid being struck by any of them. Castiel starts his attack on the next devil, landing a mighty blow on his first strike for a moderate amount of damage and killing the devil with his next two attacks and moves towards the devil attacking Ferreal. The devil next to Ferreal continues to attack him, destroying several of his images and not landing an attack on the wizard.
The other devil attacks Allister Tain, but is only able to affect him with a single attack. Gobbo, having now mastered the trap’s mechanism, manages to finish the last of the keyholes, causing a doorway to open with a crystal case containing three rings on the other side. Will Kaden casts a dispel magic upon the big devil, dispelling the creature’s potion effects. Sir Aegon steps forward and attacks the big devil with a shocking grasp spell strike and several other strikes, landing a huge amount of damage with all of his attacks.
Allister Tain heals the party, with the exception of the Lich, for a large amount of damage, while Ner’zul casts a prayer upon the party; however he is unable to overcome Castiel spell resistance. The big devil, angered by Sir Aegon refusal to accept his challenge, attacks him, but it is unable to connect with any of his attacks. The randomness of the area causes spells to function as empowered and Castiel flies up to the devil attacking Ferreal and lands a moderate blow on it. The other devil attacks Allister Tain only landing one blow for a moderate amount of damage and the other devil continues to attack Ferreal, striking him several time, destroying several of his images and landing a small amount of damage.
Gobbo examines the crystal case for traps and not finding any carefully takes the case, rings and all, deftly avoiding breaking the fragile case and dropping the contents. Sir Aegon continues to attack the big devil and dispatching the big devil after only a few strikes. Will Kaden moves behind the devil Allister Tain is attacking and puts all his strength behind it, but he is unable to connect with it. Allister Tain takes a small step to flank with Will Kaden and unleashes a flurry of attacks on the devil, landing several mighty blows for a large amount of damage and several other blows for a moderate amount of damage.
Ferreal continues to be stunned by the attacks that he has received and Ner’zul moves to behind the other devil, opening himself up for an attack, which the devil directs at Ner’zul staff, but is unable to destroy it. The party finishes off the remaining devils and the randomness of the area causes most all of the party to start dancing. Though Gobbo is rather dexterous, he is unable to keep his hold on the crystal case and ends up dropping it. As the case hits the ground and breaks, a booming wail is heard, damaging several of the party members and causing one of Gobbo contingencies to go off, saving him from death.
In the room with Gobbo a banshee appears and two others appear in the room beyond as well. The banshees all start to wail; affecting much of the party, but all of the party is able to avoid the effects. Gobbo starts bombing the banshee in the room with him, only striking it once, but affecting it with it with the bomb’s splash damage. Ner’zul casts control undead upon the banshees outside the room with Gobbo, taking control of one of the banshees.
Castiel moves between the banshees and starts to attack the one that is not controlled by Ner’zul, but is unable to make contact with it. Sir Aegon turns his blade into a ghost touch blade, and then steps up behind the banshee that Castiel attacked and lands several attacks that would have been critically effective if it weren’t for them being incorporeal. Will Kaden moves up to the banshee and attacks, landing a minor blow on the creature. Allister Tain moves to banshee as well and takes a swing, but is unable to connect with it.
The banshee reaches out and touches Will Kaden, but his Scarab of Protection absorbs the attack. The other banshee reaches out and touches Gobbo, removing his hero’s feast and causing him to cower in fear. Ferreal, finally not being stunned, casts disintegrate on the wall of force, then moves further up into the air. Ner’zul moves into the room with Gobbo while Castiel defensively casts remove fear upon Gobbo. Sir Aegon attacks the banshee, dispatching it with only a couple of swings of his sword.
Allister Tain takes a small step towards Gobbo and casts heal through his sacred bond, curing the goblin of much of his damage. The banshee reaches out and touches Gobbo again; removing his remove fear affect and making him cower in fear yet again. Ner’zul crouches down and examines the rings on the ground while Castiel moves to attack the banshee as well, landing a moderate blow on the creature. Sir Aegon moves to the remaining banshee that isn’t controlled and puts his all into one attack, landing a mighty blow on it.
Will Kaden moves to the controlled banshee and watches it while Allister Tain moves towards the banshee again. The banshee reaches out and touches Sir Aegon, draining another charge from his amulet of protection, while Ner’zul moves back out of the room to toward the other banshee and orders it to lay down, telling Will Kaden to destroy the banshee. Castiel moves to the other banshee again and attacks the other banshee, while Sir Aegon attacks the banshee, landing several blows on the creature, slaying it with his last blow.
Sir Aegon calls everyone to him, then channels to heal everyone around him for a minor amount of damage and then uses a wand to heal himself the rest of the way. The party distributes the treasure they found then Castiel examines the remaining pathways, reporting back to the party what he has found. Gobbo prepares an extract of heroism and drinks it, before moving into the room and attempting to disarm the keyhole, but is unable to disable it, causing two walls of force to pop into existence behind him and another dimensional anchor to be placed on Gobbo.
In the room beyond, three neothelid creatures appear around the other party members. Within the trap room a thin green ray shoots out at Gobbo, but he is able to avoid much of the damage. The neothelid in front of Sir Aegon attacks him, but he is unable to fully affect him, only causing a minor amount of damage and causing him to be sickened. Ner’zul lets out a banshee like wail attempting to affect only the worms and is able to overcome their spell resistance, while Ferreal casts haste upon the party.
Gobbo takes his time and works the keyhole, finally able to affect it, while another of the neothelids crushes the mind of Ferreal, while the last one attempts to crush the mind of Ner’zul, who is unaffected by the attack. Allister Tain quickly casts a storm bolts on the creatures, killing one of them and harming the other two creatures. Will Kaden moves to between the two remaining creatures, drawing attacks from them, which miss him, then attacks one of the creatures with a moderate blow. Sir Aegon charges the other creature, drawing an attack from the creature which misses him, then lands moderate blow on it, while Castiel steps up behind Will Kaden and attacks the neothelid in front of him, missing with several attacks and only landing one hit on the creature.
The randomness of the maze causes the just slain neothelid to get back up and prepare to attack again. One of the neothelids breaths a cone of acid upon much of the party, but everyone except for Ferreal is able to avoid much of the damage, which nearly kills him, but is saved by one of his contingencies. Ner’zul casts a finger of death spell on one of the neothelids, killing the creature instantly. The newly raised neothelid casts a greater dispel on Ner’zul, but is unable to dispel any of his effects.
Gobbo moves to the next keyhole and attempts to disarm it, but is unable to disable it and instead causes several more of the neothelids to be summoned in. Another of the neothelids casts a cold of acid upon the party, but everyone except for Will Kaden is able to avoid much of the damage. Allister Tain uses his echoing rod to cast another storm bolts upon the neothelids, overcoming their spell resistance and dealing a huge amount of damage to most of them, then quickly channels positive energy to heal the party members around him for a moderate amount of damage.
Sir Aegon moves to one of the newly arrived neothelids and lands a moderate blow on the creature, while Will Kaden moves to the same neothelid and attacks it, landing a moderate blow on the creature as well. Castiel unleashes his attacks on the same neothelid, landing several blows of a moderate amount of damage with each to the creature.
The randomness of the maze causes any attacks that are made to have a small chance of missing and a small green ray within the trap room shoots at Gobbo, but misses him. One of the newly arrived neothelids breaths another cone of acid on the party, harming everyone, except for Sir Aegon, Will Kaden, Ner’zul, and Gobbo, for a moderate amount of damage. Another of the neothelids crushes Will Kaden psychically, causing him to fall down and nearly die, however a contingencies goes off, healing him of much of his damage. Ner’zul casts a phantasmal killer illusion on the group of neothelid, causing one of them to die outright and the rest of them to be injured slightly.
Another of the neothelids psychically crushes Will Kaden, nearly killing him as well, while Gobbo magnificently manipulates the keyhole, disabling it. Will Kaden, being healed by the fast healing of the randomness effects associated with the maze and haste, causing one of his contingencies to trigger, healing himself up, then moves to be completely behind his shield and Allister Tain heals Will Kaden up the rest of the way. Sir Aegon moves forward, drawing an attack from the neothelid which misses, and attacks, but misses due to the randomness of the maze.
Castiel moves next to Will Kaden and attempts to cast heal upon him, but are unable to affect him due to his shield blocking, then swings at one of the neothelids, landing a mighty blow on it for a huge amount of damage, but misses with all his other attacks.
The randomness of maze causes several more neothelids to be summoned into the room, including one into the room underneath Gobbo. Two of the neothelids attempts to crush Castiel psyche, but he is able to resist much of the effects of the attack. The neothelid in the room with Gobbo psychically crushes his will, causing him to start dying and Ferreal is affected by the same effect from another of the neothelids. Ferreal is brought back to consciousness from the fast healing associated with haste, then casts stormbolts on all of the neothelids in the room with him, harming one of them for a massive amount of damage, but the rest are able to resist some of the effects.
Ner’zul casts another piercing wail of the banshee on the neothelids in the room with him, killing two of them and damaging the remaining for a massive amount of damage. Gobbo, being unconscious, doesn’t stabilize, but does not lose any more hit points; while Allister Tain casts a mass heal upon the party, including Gobbo. Sir Aegon attacks one of the injured neothelids, only hitting with the first two attacks for a moderate amount of damage, dispatching the foe. Will Kaden picks up his sword and gets up, drawing an attack from one of the neothelids, which tries to swallow him, but it is unable to do so due to Will Kaden ring of freedom of movement.
Castiel unleashes his attacks on the remaining neothelid in the room, hitting with two of his attacks, felling the neothelid. Within the trap the green ray finally manages to strike Gobbo and he is unable to resist the effects and takes a massive amount of damage. Outside the trap two more of the neothelids appear, while the one within the trap with Gobbo attacks him, hitting with all of his attacks, which would nearly kill him, but his last contingency triggers, healing him for a large amount of damage.
Outside the trap, one of the neothelids casts dispel magic on Ner’zul, dispelling several of his spells. Ferreal stands again then casts disintegrate at the first wall of force blocking Gobbo in the trap. Ner’zul reaches out and casts harm on one of the neothelids, harming it for a large amount of damage, then attempts to quickly do it again, but is unable to affect it. Gobbo, in his most dire of situations, uses his satchel to combine 4 bombs into one and throws it at the neothelid below him, dealing a large amount of fire, cold, piercing, and force damage to the creature, but dealing a moderate amount of temporary constitiution damage to himself.
Sir Aegon starts attacking the neothelid in front of him, dispatching it with little effort, while Will Kaden moves to the remaining neothelid and attacks, landing only a minor attack. Castiel takes a small step to the remaining neothelid and attacks, landing several attacks for a moderate amount of damage each.
The random effects of the maze cause waves of negative energy to wash over the room, causing Gobbo to fall unconscious. The neothelid attempts to kill Gobbo, but Castiel uses his recently acquired artifact to prevent the damage from affecting Gobbo, but wraps Castiel up in a golden cocoon. The neothelid in the room outside of the traps attempts to crush Sir Aegon psyche, but he is able to resist the effect. Ner’zul disintegrates the remaining wall of force blocking Gobbo in then quickly casts a spell on the neothelid below Gobbo, dealing a moderate amount of damage and causing it to be slightly less agile.
Sir Aegon charges into the trap room and attacks the neothelid, landing a critical blow on the creature for a large amount of damage. Allister Tain casts cure serious wounds through the sacred bond with Gobbo, while Will Kaden attacks the neothelid outside the room for a moderate amount of damage. The neothelid in the trap room unleashes his attacks on Gobbo, which Sir Aegon takes one of the mightier blows with a paladin sacrifice, but the remaining attacks end up killing Gobbo, but his elixir of life brings him back to life.
Gobbo flees from the trap room, drawing an attack from the creature, however it is not able to hit the goblin. Sir Aegon and Will Kaden handily dispatch the remaining neothelids with little effort then the party starts to heal themselves, while Ner’zul begins looking corpses and valuables around the room. Then the party takes a moment and discusses their next move, whether to attempt another of the keyholes or rest first.