Xodus

Gloomdeeps and Beyond

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The adventurers continue their foray into The Gloomdeeps to find themselves in a vast, damp cavern. A great iron door is set in the wall at one end of the cavern whist a pool of dank water sat at the other. Flanking the iron door was the great stone statue of a mighty warrior, and two gargoyles on pedestals.


Gibbering Horror

Moyshanna informs the adventurers that the doorway leads to The Tomb of Sartine. The group lets loose an attack on the obvious statue monsters. During the battle a hideous gibbering horror emerges from the pool to join the fray. After vanquishing the monsters, the group disarms the traps in front of the doorway and uses the iron key to enter the tomb.



Bone Naga

After descending through a trapdoor, the group finds themselves in a room decorated with skulls. A bone naga emerges from a skull pile, aided by a boneclaw from the far side of the room. A slime devil sneaks up from a pit in the floor to ambush Trevok, but the dwarf is not pulled into the pit. Sorinas uses the key to disarm two lightning obelisk traps before moving on to the next challenge.


Slime Devil

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Moving on...

In the aftermath of the events in Phaervorul, the adventurers go back to The Seven Pillared Hall to collect their reward from The Mages of Saruun. Upon arrival via the linked portal, they learn that the town had been assaulted by a vanguard of Zirithian’s forces. Much of The Seven Pillared Hall appeared to be under repair as Orontor lead the group to the to the town center where a raise dead ritual was being performed.

Apparently, a dwarven hero named Jothan Ironspell happened to be nearby when the demons attacked and lent his sword to the defense. Unfortunately he fell during the battle, but the town was saved in the end. The adventurers stand by as three different priests aid in the ritual to return him from death but it was to no avail, the hero could not answer the call. Jothan Ironspell’s father, Halumoor Ironspell, had apparently paid four times for the ritual to be performed and none of them worked. Soon after the failed ritual, the group meets with a strange shadar-kai woman named Moyshanna who had tracked a disturbance to The Seven Pillared Hall. It turns out that she is an agent of the Raven’s Wing order of The Raven Queen. The adventurers, the mages, Moyshanna, and the priests all adjourn to discuss the strange events. The surface priests explain that the recently dead have been restless. All of these disturbances appear to be linked.

Finally, Orontor offers to have the adventurers speak with one of Zirithian’s lieutenants, captured in the assault. The prisoner is a sword wight who offers very little, and seems unconcerned with Zirithian’s passing. Nightbringer grows restless during the interrogation and eventually demands to drink the prisoners dead blood. After being satisfied with their questions, Nightbringer feasts on the wight’s blood, which causes a great rotting eye to burst forth from his chest. The Eye of Orcus addresses the group:

You have defied me at Winterhaven Keep, you have defied me at Karnholdt, and now you have defied me at Phaervorul. Kalarel and Zirithian were mere pawns to me as you are to your bitch queen. Know now that you are cursed. The places I named, and other places you have tread are now under my dominion. The souls of the dead now belong to me. Where you reap, I sow!

Nightbringer interrupts Orcus’ tirade and the demon’s eye is smote. In the aftermath, however, a portal opens and undead creatures pour out. The group fights them off with the help of Moyshanna and The Mages of Saruun.

Moyshanna implores the adventurers to help her. Her kind has an empathy for soul energy and she has tracked this disturbance to a place called The Gloomdeeps. Specifically, she believes the soul energy leads to The Tomb of Sartine which is located in The Gloomdeeps. The group agrees to help and set out.

In the underdark wilds, they pass into a massive cavern occupied by “The Crawling God”, a massive carrion crawler worshiped by some local cyclopsi. The group defeats this creature and comes closer to The tomb of Sartine.

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The Fall of House Ulvrain

The adventurers make for House Ulvrain to collect on their deal with the drow. Naturally, Matron Ulvrain welches on the bargain and orders her servants to attack. Sorinas attempts to banish her, but it turns out the matron was nothing but a priestess glamoured as Matron Ulvrain. The true matron attacks from the shadows.


The Temple of Lloth.

With their makeshift barricade about to fail, Trevok invokes an astral wall to hold off the reinforcements. With the matron defeated, the group takes a short rest while Trevok maintains his spell. The astral wall comes down and the reinforcements, including a yochlol demon are pressed on both sides, with Tallis taking up a flanking position. Soon after, all the drow are decimated. The remaining demon forces in the streets of the drow city begin to assault the temple where the adventurers rest once again. They break through the barricade but don’t initially have a quarrel with the group. One of the demons spies Nightbringer in the hands of Torrin. Nightbringer mocks the demons and forces Torrin to charge. The demons soon meet a fate similar to the drow.

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Zirithian

Torrin and Raef fall ill to the mummy rot disease. The adventurers head into the ziggurat to confront Zirithian. The planner gateway into the main chamber actually transports the group to Thanatos, Abyssal layer to Orcus. While passing through the veil, each party member is tested by Orcus. For some he asks them to beg for mercy, for others he offers them power in exchange for some service.

The group passes the tests to find themselves in Zirithian’s inner sanctum. There they battle boneclaws; Lord Dust, the lich; abyssal ghouls; vampire spawn; and Zirithian himself. After a long and brutal battle the adventurers achieve victory.


Boneclaw

As Zirithian falls, an image of Orcus’s eye and Claw appears. Orcus orders Tallis to bring him the sword. Tallis refuses and Orcus hits him with a death curse for his betrayal. Sorinas’s prayer saves Tallis before the curse kills him. Torrin and Sorinas race for the sword, Nightbringer. Sorinas grasps it and plunges it into the Eye of Orcus. With a defiant scream the images disappear and the group is left with their spoils.

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Into Deadhold

After making their deal with The Keeper, the adventurers cross the barren wasteland of Deadhold. They face some hazards and undead creatures but eventually find themselves standing before the Sea of Rot, a chasm filled to the walls with zombies. A bridge spans its way across the chasm to an island plateau.

Raef sweet-talks his way past the gate guard ghouls and into the strange settlement; a mix of undead creatures and mercenaries. Raef again sweet-talks his way past several hostile demons and guards. Eventually they find themselves in an open plaza with an alter dedicated to Orcus. The priest calls out for the group to pay homage, but Sorinas has none of it. He makes a surprise attack on the priest. The group quickly dispatches the priest and his lackeys without raising the alarm.

Finally the group finds themselves at the outer wall of the ziggarut compound. The guards seem to know them and allow them passage, but the group is assaulted in the courtyard. The opposing force consists of a death knight, two giant mummies, and a raksasha illusionist.

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Negotiations

The adventurers rest in Lareen’s villa after the intense battle. During their rest, they are transported by a fel mist to some strange throne room dominated by a male drow vampire. The party quickly realizes that they haven’t been moved, but that the effect is an illusion. They parley with an image of Zirithian himself. Zirithian wants to talk and warn the adventurers of Matron Ulvrain’s ultimate treachery. Sorinas’s insight reveals that the vampire lord is truly trying to take measure of the group to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses. With the illusion banished, the group awakes back in the village.

The adventurers return to Matron Ulvrain’s palace to collect their reward on Lareen’s head. After attempting to wheedle more information from the group, Ulvrain reluctantly pays them out. In a counter-move, she offers a new deal to return to Lareen’s villa and enter the portal to end the Zirithian threat once and for all. The group agrees to a payment of 50 platinum and two items of power.

Upon passing through the portal, the party finds themselves in strange extra dimensional space between planes. They stand atop a floating platform of stone surrounded on all sides by a great void. In the near distance, other platforms float connected by bridges made of webbing. The webs teem with small demonic spiders. In this place they fight some bodak reavers and a cambion hellfire magus. Raef almost succumbs to the bodak’s death gaze but is eventually saved. After the fight the group moves through the next portal to their true destination.

bodak reaver

They arrive on a hot desert plane of dry dust, fel screams, and a rank air. They are greeted by a hunched human-like being calling himself “The Keeper”. The group parleys with this creature and learn that the realm they are in is called “Deadhold”, which is a dominion under Orcus’s power. The Keeper seems eager to free himself of Orcus’s power and claim the realm for his own. The party and The Keeper agree to help each other. He tells the group that Zirithian dwells in an outpost called Hordethrone, which lies on the edge of the Sea of Rot about a day’s journey from their present location. Zirithian apparently wields an artifact sword known as Nightbringer. If the party plunges Nightbringer “into Orcus’s eye” at the right moment, the plane will be free of his control.

He also warns the party the Zirithian secretly wants you to attack him, for he needs worthy champions to sacrifice to Orcus.

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Bad Lieutenant

The adventurers negotiate with some goblin slaves and gladiators to earn a place to rest. The next day they move onto the sieged embassy where they rescue Orontor. The mage thanks them profusely and then gives them intel on the whereabouts of Lareen, Zirithian’s chief lieutenant.

The group reconvenes with Ulvrain and negotiates a new deal. In exchange for 100pp, and an item of power, the adventurers will destory Lareen.

They proceed to Lareen’s villa, where they battle vampires, banshees, wraiths, and Lareen herself. In the aftermath of the fight, they find a portal to the Shadowfel.

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Drow Politics

The adventurers make their way thru the drow city and find their way into the Temple of Lolth. After a parley with a lesser priestess, they are lead to meet Matron Ulvrain, ruler of Phaervorul. After negotiations, she agrees to help the party find what they need if they take care of a problem first. A drow necromancer rival of hers needs to be taken out. The group agrees to do the task.


entry hall to the Temple of Lolth

The adventurers find their way to the house of the necromancer. He attempts to warn the party that mistress Ulvrain will only betray them. The party is split on the decision on what to do with the necromancer, but Tallis decides for the group by firing an arrow at the wizard. After an intense melee, the group succeeds.

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Arrival at Phaervorul

The adventurers find their way into “The Wilds”, a series of caverns surrounding the drow city. There they encounter a drider with a party of drow waiting to ambush a group of ghouls. The party joins the fray on the side of the drider and fights off waves of ghouls.

Although haughty, the drider proves to be helpful and gives the adventurers directions to Phaervorul. He also indicates the source of the threat, a drow prince by the name of Zirithian.

The adventurers arrive outside the great cavern of Phaervorul, but doesn’t trust the hundred-foot bridge spanning the chasm to the city-proper. Commissar conjures a magic disk to take the group across where they are harried by vrocks from above. The group defeats the vrocks, but they do get away.


view of Phaervorul

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New Mission: Underdark

The adventurers leave Moonstair to aid the people of The Seven Pillared Hall. Using a linked portal, Commissar transports the group to meet with the mages of Saruun. Apparently, Orontor has gone missing during a recent trade mission with the drow outpost of Phaervorul. His last messages indicate that the city had been overrun by a sect of Orcus worshipping drow.

Tasked with a new mission, the adventurers set out to find the missing mage, and to learn what has befallen the drow outpost.

During their journey they encounter an Eye of Flame with Magmen servitors and later some Illithids accompanied by their minotaur thralls.

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