Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stonehell: Expedition 2

The Party
Raker - Thief (Spooner) - dead
Rinnorren - Fighter (spicer)
Cotter - Figher (Chris Scott) - dead
Hammer - Fighter (Chris Scott)
Elofinde - Magic-User (Frey)
Isarn - Cleric (NPC/Spooner)
Oath - Thief (NPC)

The Crawl
Under the veteran guidance of Raker, thief extraordinaire, a new party ventured back into Hell's Antechamber.  They avoided the "Dragon's Den".  They closed the door on some giant rats feasting on fresh corpses.  A brief encounter with some kobolds was ended decisively with arrows and darts, and when they discovered a kobold outpost, they kept their distance.  They discovered a stone carving of a head, 10' tall with smoking mouth and crystal eyes.  It answered questions in cryptic phrases, but they were only interested in those crystals, which were soon pried free.  They discovered a room covered in soot, showing sillhouettes on the walls that spoke of horrible dangers.  Here they met a group of dwarves led by an archeologist named Snorri Broadshoulders.  The courageous adventurers allowed the dwarves to traipse across the the sooty room before them to ensure its safety.  This was a group that knew the dangers of Stonehell.  Warned of the poisonous snakes that leap from dark places and struck down most of Raker's old team, they proceeded into a junk room and started kicking through the garbage, startling some poisonous snakes that struck down Raker and Cotter.
Back to the inn, they recruited Hammer and Oath to fill the void of their freshly departed and swore revenge on all things serpentine.  They returned to Stonehell and made their way further in.  Avoid the living became the order of the day.  An ancient battlefield seemed promising.  Only corpses and rusted weapons here.  The mausoleum doors, adorned with dancing skeletons, promised a lack of flesh and blood beyond.  Into the crypts, the grave-robbers proceeded to ransack tomb after tomb.  Where they encountered resistance, it was in the form of newly arisen corpses, and a healthy dose of Isarn's prayers and applied fire made swift work of them.  The tombs proved valuable, and before long the party was able to return to the inn with a fair supply of treasure to show for their expeditions.  Drinks to the fallen!

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