Campaign of the Month: September 2012
A Manifestation of Chaos
Session 53 Expanded
16th – 17th Day of Planting CY 623
Location: Vevenig, Keoland – World Map
Map Tab Color: Brown
After defeating their foes and ensuring that Vevenig is clear, the party returns to the king with the spell in hand. The king bestows titles and lands around Vevenig to His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer and the party uses their new wealth to further their preparations. Caldin offers to watch over Vevenig as the party prepares to speak with the king in one week.
Master Gilnaeus tells the party that he has successfully created his Demiplane and has offered placing the party’s valuable in it, so the prying eyes would not be able to see it or molest them in any way. The party continues to do preparations as the week passes rather uneventfully.
After this week passes, the party meets with the king once again, this time with much less fanfare as before. The king tells of what has been happening in the area and asks the party if they would be able to investigate this, though he is not able to offer further treasure to this. The party agrees to take this undertaking and is informed of some massive skeletal being around Durwood. The party requests an individual who might be skilled at tracking, further expanding that this individual would be a member of the thieves’ guild.
The king further informs the party that this undead creature has been directing the brunt of its attacks at the temple of Obad-Hai, which causes Walks with Winds grow unhappy at the prospect. When the party is ready, the King has one of his men teleport the party to the city of Daerwood and provides them with a small map of town and the area around Daerwood.
The village the party is teleported in, looks more like a former war zone than the village it used to be. In the distance the party hears a low hum or buzz and a swarm of some sort of insects can be seen, but anymore details can’t be made out at this distance. Just after the party shows up, the swarm appears to hone in on the party and swerves into the party’s direction. As it gets closer, the party can see what appears to be a siege tower of corpses undulating towards the party, leaving a trail of blood and those that are perceptive enough in the party are able to see another one coming towards the party. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer knows that this is a warsorn and that the dying near a warsworn would be sucked into the tower.
The party prepares for battle with the nearest of the warsworn. Master Gilnaeus calls out, “Stay close for Haste, this means you new person!” Dacebar unleashes a volley of arrows at the war swarm hitting with two of them and missing with a third, but it doesn’t appear to do any damage from this distance. The nearest warsworn rushes towards the party within several feet, but the shear size and composition of this creature causes many of the party to become frightened. When faced with this sort of creature, Ufnash turns and runs away from the creature as fast as he can.
Master Gilnaeus quickly casts haste, affecting everyone but Ufnash, then turns invisible and moves to the side. Grimmjur also turns tail and runs away as His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer moves backwards and casts remove fear on Ufnash. Ghyffrey Aybara stands his ground and sends forth a searing light at the war swarm, while the other war swarm starts swerving towards the party. Dacebar takes a step forward, and while fighting defensively, attacks the creature hitting once dealing a small amount of damage and misses with his other attacks.
The warsworn moves over the remaining party members as everyone attempts to jump out of the way. Ufnash, now being fearless, makes his way back towards the swarm, while Walks with Winds casting his spell to bring four cyclopses into the battle. The cyclops start attacking the creature, but only two of them is able to connect with the undulating dealing a small amount of damage. Walks with Winds forth a flame strike on the creature, harming it for a large amount of damage.
Master Gilnaeus places the creature in his crosshairs and calls forth a disintegration spell on the creature, dealing a massive amount of damage to it and turning it into ash. Koloth moves forward and channels positive energy to heal the hurt members of the party. Ghyffrey Aybara, not being able to see the other creature until it moves past him, hears the buzzing tells the party, “Be ready for another one!” Dacebar grows afraid of this creature and runs off away from it, disappearing into the woods.
Ufnash rushes forward to the creature and attacks, but is only able to harm it for much, while Walks with Winds another Flame Strike on the creature, harming it for a large amount of damage. Master Gilnaeus uses another maximized disintegrate on the creature, dealing a massive amount of damage to it, but not turning it to ash. He then quickly casts magic missile at the creature, doing a moderate amount of damage to it, before moving away from the creature. Koloth channels positive energy to damage the creature, dealing a moderate amount of damage to it.
An His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer move forward towards the creature then unleashes a scorching ray at the creature, burning it to the ground. The party gathers their numbers once again with His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer catching up to Dacebar and bringing him back. The rest of the party examines the towering corpses, leaving a pile of weapons and armor for the town folk. Upon closer inspection, the bodies comprising these towers appear to be mostly humanoid, with several animals as well.
The party examines some of the surrounding structures, which appear to be destroyed with no rhyme or reason. The party then decides to make their way to the temple, where they discover the walls around the temple have been destroyed in several places. Inside the temple, the party, with the exception of Ghyffrey Aybara, notices several tree tops that appear to say more than normal.
The party discusses what they would do and consider sending Walks with Winds to speak with them; however Walks with Winds that they could be Treants, but they could not be reasoned with, so His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer sends his diplomatic message to the Treants in the form of an enlarged fireball.
The party starts their attack as the fireball starts to fly from His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer hands, Dacebar unleashes a volley of arrows at the trees, hitting them several times, causing the trees visible to disappear, just before calling out, “Strambar!”. Master Gilnaeus and His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer are not sure what happened to them, but they are sure that the trees are not invisible. Ufnash moves forward towards the wall, while Grimmjur prepares to attack any tree-like creature in range of his attacks. Master Gilnaeus turns invisible, Koloth prepares to summon a creature, and Ghyffrey Aybara moves forward to just behind Dacebar. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer casts an extended communal resist energy fire on the majority of the party, while Walks with Winds forward and up towards the wall and is able to see 3 more treetops within the temple grounds.
More callings of “Strambar!” can be heard within the temple grounds and the three treetops that Walks with Winds see disappear. Dacebar drops his bow, drinks a potion that makes him grow incredibly large then draws his weapons. A faint trickling light can be seen along the ground as several large Treants pop up from the ground in front of Ghyffrey Aybara. This triggers Grimmjur readied action and he starts attacking the nearest Treant to pop up in front of him, dealing a large amount of damage to it.
As two of the Treants pop from the ground, they emit a sonic attack harming everyone around them and cause Walks, Dacebar, and Ufnash to be stunned. The Treants unleash their attacks on Ghyffrey Aybara and Walks with Winds a large amount of damage. The Weeping Willow looking Treant grapples the stunned Dacebar. Master Gilnaeus casts Haste upon the majority of the party then enlarges Grimmjur to Huge stature.
Koloth finishes summoning a Bralani, which then starts to call forth a line of lightning hitting the line of Treants. Koloth then summons forth another Flame Strike, hitting half of the Treants for a large amount of damage. Ghyffrey Aybara unleashes a flurry of healing on himself and those around him with two channels and a lay on hands on himself, nearly bringing himself back to full health. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer moves over along the line of Treants, casts a line of cold on the treants, following it with an empowered fireball, harming the treats for a massive amount of damage.
More thundering sounds are heard as more Treants erupt from the ground and start attacking the party, starting with His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer who is able to resist the effects the creature. Grimmjur starts his attack on of the Treants with one mighty blow, causing it to turn into a dead tree stump, then cleaves through to the next one but misses the second one. This treant attacks Ghyffrey Aybara and hits with two mighty slam attacks for a large amount of damage. Another of the Treants tries to affect His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer with another effect, but His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer is able to resist the effect and knows that these Treants are trying to turn him to stone.
Ufnash, who is no longer stunned, starts his attack on the nearest creature and hits twice for large amounts of damage, just missing with his third attack. Master Gilnaeus drops a maximized freezing sphere in the middle of the Treant grove, affecting Ufnash as well, causing two of them to break apart as their sap freezes. Master Gilnaeus follows this with a quickened fireball on the remaining Treants, dealing a large amount of fire damage on them. Koloth Bralani casts another lightning bolt on two of the creatures, while Koloth calls forth another Flame Strike on the same two creatures the Bralani hit.
Ghyffrey Aybara swiftly uses lay on hands on himself, then moves forward and channels positive energy to heal the party around him. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer reaches out from a distance and uses Heal on Ufnash then casts a cold ice strike on two of the more damaged Treants. Walks with Winds moves up into the sky then casts chain lightning upon the treants, turning the two more damaged creatures to stumps. The remaining Treant disappears, which causes Master Gilnaeus says, “We need to Anchor them next time.”
The party examines the stumps that were the once treants, finding several magic items on them, then turns their attention to healing and finally moving onto the temple. Within the temple, there appears to be a display of some sort in the middle that has been smashed. Walks with Winds that some artifact or meaningful items to the temple was in the display case, because it was absconded with. Around the display case is writing that explains the contents, as the leaf of Obad-Hai and upon closer inspection it appears that someone had disarmed the traps and wards.
Dacebar turns his attention to the chests around the room, with the first on the left appearing to be trapped. After some tinkering, he is able to disarm the trap, unlock, and open the chest showing a chest full of coins and several magic items. After inspecting the various contents of the chest, he turns his attention to the next two chests with much the same care. The party gathers the treasure from the chests and examines all the magic items they found.
Dacebar makes his way to the temple’s altar, where he sees the tree and shrubs that are usually in the middle of the altar have been burned and trampled, fully desecrating this once-hallowed place.
As the party is examining the temple, a bright red dot can be seen in the sky heading southwest of the party into the forest. Within the temple, a book on the Darkwoods is found and the party decides to give it to Walks with Winds safekeeping, which Master Gilnaeus offers to hold for him instead. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer, upon examining the heavenly body’s trajectory for a bit, is able to figure out where the comet will hit.
The party discusses the points of traveling to the comet crash site before it hits as opposed to after, but as the party is discussing this their choice is made as the comet lands. The party now discusses the means of which to get to this point, Walks with Winds to bring part of the party to the edge through trees, while Master Gilnaeus brings the rest through a greater teleport. Before leaving, His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer places resist fire and sonic on the party, then the party leaves through their respective ways.
After a few seconds, the party regroups nearly a half mile from the crash site. Upon closing to the site, the party finds several of the Treants throwing huge rocks from a nearby ruined temple into a huge ring of fire. The party starts casting a barrage of buffing spells and other spells before they start their attack on the creatures.
Grimmjur leads the charge as he makes his way towards the Treants, with Ghyffrey Aybara right on his heals. Koloth starts casting a spell to summon a creature while His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer moves forward then drops a fireball from his intensified rod on the Treants dealing a large amount of damage. Ufnash moves forward to just behind Grimmjur and Ghyffrey Aybara as Walks with Winds to the other side of Grimmjur as well, then casts soften earth and stone under the treants.
Several of the Treants disappear like the one before as Master Gilnaeus quickly casts a fireball at the remaining ones and moves forward and up into the air towards the Treants. Two more treants disappear, leaving one left while Dacebar moves forward next to Grimmjur. Two Treants appear before Grimmjur while emitting a burst of sonic damage, then one attacks Grimmjur but misses him and the other attacks Dacebar, but it misses him as well. Another Treant creature appears directly in front of Grimmjur and tries to, but is unable to dispel magic.
Grimmjur starts attacking the Treant that just appeared, landing a mighty blow, then continues his swing to the Treant next to it, but misses it. Koloth finishes his summoning, bringing two Bralanis, in gaseous form, who start to move towards the Treants and both cast lightning bolts down the Treant lines, while Koloth moves forward to be behind the party, then examines the Treant in the middle and notices that it is evil and calls out, “They’re Evil!” His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer calls out, “No shit, they’re trees too!”
Ghyffrey Aybara whispers a single word of good, causing one of the Treants to become sickened and strengthening the resolve of Grimmjur. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer takes aim at one of the Treants with a disintegrate damaging it for a minor amount of damage, then quickly casts another fireball on the Treants, doing more damage than the disintegrate spell did.
Ufnash moves forward to the nearest Treant, provoking an attack of opportunity that misses, and attacks, hitting it for a small amount of damage. Another treant tries to cast a spell on Dacebar, but he is able to resist the effects, while another Pine Tree Treant appears from the ground just behind the grove of other ones. This Pine Treant reaches out its branches, causing leaves and sticks to rush up into the air, blocking sight within the area past 15 feet.
Another Treant appears and casts a greater dispel on Grimmjur, causing him to lose several of the spells on him. Master Gilnaeus drops two quickened fireball on the Treants, despite the lack of sight, dealing massive amounts of damage on the Treants, before moving around behind the creatures. Yet another Treant appears near the dragon formed Master Gilnaeus and tries to disintegrate His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer, but instead disintegrates one of his mirror images. Another Treant erupts out of the ground and attacks His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer, hitting one mirror image with his attack and the other is displaced, leaving His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer unharmed.
Dacebar moves backwards, provoking an attack of opportunity which misses him, around to flank the Treant next to Grimmjur and attacks, landing a critical hit on it, causing it to turn into a moss and sap covered stump. The Treant in front of Grimmjur attacks him, hitting him with a minor amount of damage. Grimmjur takes a small step over and starts attacking the Treant in front of him, landing a critical blow on the first for massive damage, turning it to a stump, then follows that swing to the next Treant, which deals a large amount of damage. Grimmjur follows through to the last creature in his reach, landing a critical hit dealing a small amount of damage to it.
Koloth Bralani move back to next to Grimmjur with one casting cure serious wounds on Grimmjur and the other casting Mirror Image on itself, causing 4 images of itself to come into being around itself. Koloth casts Holy Smite upon the Treants, harming them for a moderate amount of damage.
Ghyffrey Aybara brings forth a spiritual ally so that it’s flanking with Grimmjur, then it swings and misses at that Treant. His Grace, the High Watcher of Vevenig, Arch-wizard Entil-zha the Dragonslayer unleashes a prismatic spray, affecting all but three of the Treants, causing one to be banished, but it saved, the others are affected by poison, but are unaffected by poisons. Ufnash steps forward and attacks the nearest Treant, but misses it, while Walks with Winds brings forth a tiger and casts Control Winds, to try and counter the winds the Treant created, but is unable to wrestle control of the winds from the Treant. The tiger attacks the nearest Treant, but misses with all but two attacks, which does minor damage.
The Treant that was stuck in the softened mud disappears, while one of the Pine Treants casts disintegrate at Master Gilnaeus, but only affects one of his images. Another of Treants attempts to cast stone to flesh on Dacebar, but he is able to resist the effect. Master Gilnaeus drops down towards the ground and drops a quickened fireball and a normal fireball on four of the Treants dealing a large amount of fire damage and finally he recalls his maximized freezing sphere, casting it upon all the Treants once again, dealing massive amounts of damage and destroying all but one of them.
The final Treant sets his sights on Ufnash and attempts to disintegrate him, but critically misses him. Grimmjur moves forward and attacks the final Treant, which provoked an attack of opportunity which missed, hitting it with a mighty hit in a vital location, dealing a massive amount of damage, turning the Treant into a stomp like the others.