I lost a player this week - the wild sorcerer. It's too bad, as he was a lot of fun. I remain concerned that I may lose more players.
I decided to use the elemental evil trinkets in this campaign. I decided to spice them up further, giving them special spell effects using spells from the back of the book. The trinkets:
- Transparent Gem: Sunnis, Archomental of Good, whispers to the wielder through the gem and gives advice.
- Chisel with an Unfamiliar Symbol: Once per day, you can strike the ground with this and cast earth tremor.
- Eyepatch made of Obsidian: Allows you to cast catapult once per day.
Pretty awesome idea, I thought.
- Elf Rogue: Played by a 4th grader, her character's name is Lucky and she has a black cat named "Bad Luck".
- Dwarf Cleric: In real life, played by Lucky's dad. He has a scottish accent and worships Ilmater.
- Drow Rogue: Middle Schooler. Wants to be evil, but Adventurer's League rules restrict this. Has a dog.
- Goliath Barbarian: Middle Schooler. Really nice guy.
- Human Bard: The player is about 25 years old, knows the rules pretty well.
- Human Paladin: Worships Helm. Played by the bard's dad, who played old D&D and is new to 5e.
- Human Rogue: A new player. Taking to the game very well.
Upon arriving, the heroes saw that the monastery had been under attack. The fire cult had just unsuccessfully tried to break in and steal a delegate - Bruldenthar the dwarf.
As the adventurers got close, they spotted a wounded fire cultist recoiling in fear from a giant boulder-man. He was a galeb duhr. I added this stuff in to explain the trinkets.
The galeb duhr was named Sedimentarious (I know, it's stupid). He was an agent of Sunnis, the Princess of Good Stone, archenemy of Ogremoch and his earth cult. Sedimentarious had come to the monastery to spy on the cult and thwart their evil schemes. He'd stashed trinkets in the place that would both harm the cultists and aid the heroes.
The heroes killed the cultist and made friends with Sedimentarious. He gave them a special trinket - a wooden box with red clay. The red clay was a symbiote (like Venom from spider-man). It bonded with Squirrel Man and gave him clay armor that also had the beast bond spell woven into it (allowing Squirrel Man to have a telepathic bond with his rogue owner).
Sacred Stone Monastery
The adventurers came upon 6 duergar tending to wounded earth cultists and stacking a pile of dead bodies. A battle broke out. I love how the duergar can enlarge themselves. It was a decent encounter.
Lucky was able to convince them she was with the cult (cleverly remembering the earth cult hand symbol I had shown them not long before) so they didn't try to kill her.
This battle got bigger and bigger. The rogue grabbed a cultist and bent his leg behind his head, which freed Squirrel Man to try to rip out his adam's apple. What did Squirrel Man roll? Natural 20, of course.
There's a lever in the room that the bad guys want to pull at the right time. Lucky really wanted to pull it, but the players begged her not to. The bard cast a minor illusion on the lever, so the bad guys couldn't see it.
Only Lucky's cat, riding on a hovering driftglobe, could see it. But "Bad Luck" the cat was too far from it to mess with it.
The bard dropped a guard with Tasha' hideous laughter and Lucky finished the guard off with her sharktooth sword.
With the villains defeated, the heroes headed down a set of stairs. It turns out that the lever can collapse these stairs and trap them in a room below with an umber hulk! The adventurers were clever, though, and avoided having this happen.
They came upon a sarcophagus and used their knock scrolls to get through some arcane locked doors. They headed up a set of stairs for an encounter with... a lich.
I was really wondering what they'd do with the lich. In the adventure, the lich warns the heroes to leave him alone and if they keep pestering him, he casts time stop and then cloudkill! The DC for the saving throw is 20, and it does 5d8 damage!
The heroes rolled a pebble at his feet. He was not amused. They left him alone after his final warning.
That was as far as we got. I was hoping to get the majority of this place done tonight but we never get as far as I want. I am very anxious to get into the actual temple of elemental evil as I am having a hard time keeping the campaign from dragging.
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