We're back to the dancing mind flayer graphic before the show starts. I wonder why they switched out the minotaur?
Nate can't make it this week, so Paultin is relegated to NPC status.
(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander
(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer
(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue
Last Time: The group got beat up by some vrocks. They are traveling with a mysterious guy who they don't trust. The heroes were resting at night and they heard a giant creature flying around outside.
Strix hears the flapping wings and she sees Kasimir drawing his scimitar. Strix yells at him to go take care of it. This wakes up Diath.
It's gone. Nobody is sure what it was. The group is able to get their long rest. Evelyn didn't turn into a werewolf.
The group is able to traverse the rest of Tsolenka pass without too much difficulty. After a bit of Stahd puppetry, Evelyn smells wolves. Not werewolves. Sounds like it is Strahd's wolves on their trail.
And here we are... the Amber Temple. This should be awesome. This place is made for 9th level characters and right now the group is level 6. Not sure what is going to happen here.
Chris describes the vestiges in the temple as "gods of secrets." Great wizards locked them away.
As the group frets about going inside, Diath calls Kasimir "ass smear." Ass smear ignores Diath and turns around. He senses that creatures are coming. Dozens of creatures.
Here they come. They are wolves. Some of them are horse-sized! Kasimir makes like he's going to hold them off. The group freaks out and goes into the temple.
They creep around a bit. They find a big statue of a robed hooded figure. A "dark god."
Suddenly, a bolt of lighting comes out of the hood of the statue and rockets into Evelyn. Evelyn takes 47 points of damage! Then the bolt leaps to Diath (chain lightning). Diath takes 44 points of damage. He's down!
Then it leaps to Strix! Man, this is one nasty spell. Strix takes 44. She's down, too. Yikes, we might be looking at a TPK.
Evelyn heals herself and drags Strix to safety. NPC Paultin drags Diath to safety. Evelyn revives them.
The group doesn't know if the statue did this or if there is someone up there. Check out area X5a on page 184 in the Curse of Strahd book.
Strix wants to shoot a fireball up there. The group seems to think it won't do anything. She does it anyway and does over 40 damage to something.
Here comes a fireball from the statue! Evelyn covers Diath. She is heroically taking all of the damage to save him. She saves with disadvantage. She fails. She decides to use inspiration, so she gets to reroll. She rolls a... 3.
Anna is being really hilarious this week. They all are. I almost never laugh out loud at anything on TV or the internet, but I think I've laughed four times so far.
Diath and Evelyn are unconscious. Strix is the only hero standing. Well.. NPC Paultin is here. Not sure how much he can do without getting into that weird "what do you mean my character died when I missed a session" territory.
They're in an area away from the statue. They're safe for the moment.
Chris checks Paultin's sheet to see if he has any healing spells or items. He doesn't! Strix pours a potion into him - one of the potions the group took from the hags in Old Bonegrinder. Egad.
It's a potion of youth. Diath goes from the age of 28 to 18. Chris says he's really horny.
Strix force feeds the unconscious heroes snacks. She decides to go find Kasimir in her gaseous form. Outside, the wolves have surrounded him. They're not attacking each other. They seem to be on the same side. It seems like they are waiting for the group to come out. Wow.
Strix returns to her normal form and yells at Kasimir. Whoa.. she tries to intimidate him. She's going to die! He tells her the mountain is her tomb. He says he is going to kill her if she comes a little closer. Strix runs back inside.
She rejoins NPC Paultin. They hear a huge rumbling sound. It sounds like the mountain coming down outside - crashing ice and snow.
Someone brought snow down from the mountain and buried this place. The group is trapped in the Amber Temple.
Strix cries. She drinks some of Paultin's wine. They dump some wine in unconscious Evelyn and Diath. Strix decides there's only one thing to do: Call on Lathander for help! Awesome.
There is no answer. How depressing. She made a great little speech. She even offered to stop calling him "Butthander." The torches slowly go out.
Oh no... Strix is going to explore the temple alone! This is not good. She goes into a room and comes upon three flameskulls.
She limps back to her friends. The group just rests for a long time. Evelyn and Diath wake up and gain some hit points.
The group is really frazzled and can't agree on what to do next. Strix has a hilarious idea of magically disguising herself as Strahd to boss around any bad guys they meet in the temple. Diath thinks that won't help against the statue.
They finally decide to attack the flameskulls. They open the doors. Wow.. the flameskulls are readied! I didn't expect that from Chris. Three fireballs explode in the room. Egad.
I just paused it and looked up flameskulls (MM page 134). Check out the power listed after the magic resistance entry.
I don't think the group is going to survive this. Will the vestiges do something?
NPC Paultin goes down and... melts?!? As if he was made of ice and snow?! That wasn't Paultin!
That's where we stop.
(59:57) Evelyn calls on Lathander to aid her saving throw.
(1:30:19) There will only be one character next week
I really hope people are watching this show. I don't think I can convey how fun it is through text. The group is really funny through the whole thing. This was a really classic episode, enjoyable in many different ways. Some of the things I liked:
- Getting to see Chris run the temple. I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this temple was originally used in his 4e Iomandra campaign.
- Everyone was hilarious from start to finish. Everybody has a very quick wit.
- The characters are really strong. They have very distinct personalities. They're not numbers on a piece of paper at all.
Fudgy: At points in the show, I felt like Chris was pulling his punches a bit. I don't want the group to die, but you get that "fudgy" feeling when it seems like he lets the group get out of harm's way. What's weird is that at other times he was very brutal. Those flameskulls were right there, readied with fireballs.
It's an odd situation because if the characters all die, is the show over? Do they make new characters? I don't want them to die! I like these characters. They've got the live game in a couple of weeks, you can't kill them now, can you? Maybe Chris has something up his sleeve if there is a TPK.
Paultin: As far as Paultin melting, I have absolutely no idea what that is all about. If anyone has any ideas, let me know!