Temple of Elemental Evil Session Twenty-Eight – May 2, 2004

 

DM: Rick Smith

The Heroes:

            Hex Cade lvl 5 Barbarian lvl 5 Psion Earth Genasi – Dan Forrest

            Arian Zephyr lvl 7 Monk lvl 5 Holy Liberator – Barbara Kalberg

            Drachalt lvl 9 Druid Silver Half Dragon Half Elf – Tom Blossfeld

            Calan Feathertouch lvl 10 Rogue lvl 2 dungeon delver elf – Jon Rosen

            Zohi lvl 12 sorceror half-elf – Ken Marin

 

             The party arrives at the lair of the devil they heard about before… sort of.  Hex initiates his power up suite, and Zohi throws protection from evil on the party.  Arian also casts bless on the party’s weapons.  Hex opens the door.  A scent of perfume and dark incense is in here.  Standard furniture made of ebony wood, and a large elemental eye symbol sits on the far wall.

            In the room is a tall humanoid covered in sharp barbs and looking kind of paranoid.  As Hex opens the door the creature drops a greasy cloud of black gooey stuff into the air, causing Hex a tough bit of damage.  Calan rolls in and attacks but misses.  Hex expends his psionic focus to make his glaive do more damage, but the new psionic energies cause him to miss.  Drac calls in a flame strike which damages the monster minimally.  The devil cuts back at Drac, doing some damage.  Arian misses the devilish critter, but it distracts him enough to catch blows from Hex and from Calan, the rogue doing a critical!

            The creature strikes back with, I’m not kidding here, laser eye beams.  Hex cuts in with two attacks from behind.  The devil doesn’t like this and uses his laser eye beams on the mighty psion, smacking him hard, but Hex responds with two more blows, killing the devil dead.  Unfortunately, there is no good loot in the area.

            Next the party reaches a large room with a secret door heading into the courtyard.  A dry cracked yard of uneven volcanic rock and sulfuric mist.  A black tower surrounded by a gaping trench with red hellish light sits in the center.  A narrow span bridge leads to the tower’s sole door.  The walls surrounding the courtyard are 200’ tall sheer vertical sides.  As the party crosses undead critters with tattered black clothing and obex’s seared into their foreheads rise out of the various cracks and riddles.  Wights, it looks like.

            Zohi lobs a fireball at them, and as they advance characters take some first whacks.  Arian turns two of them.  Drac and Scaly take down one undead each.  Hex kills another as a second wave of undead rise to the party’s right.  Zohi slams them with another fireball and the slobbering creatures race forward.  A couple more undead are cut down, and Zohi kills three more of the oncoming crowd with another aerial assault.  More undead clamber out of the cracks behind the party.  Soon the party is hacking away, surrounded by flailing undead limbs, a constant wave of hacking.  Hex gets drained of some life force, losing a level.  Arien loses a level as well in the midst of the hacking fest. 

            Hex steps up to the door and, unbelievingly, successfully negotiates with the door to gain entry to the tower, on the condition that the party would not be allowed to leave until the guy on the top of the tower is destroyed.  Content with the arrangements, the party leaves to rest up, remove negative energy levels, etc.

            Ahead is a half-black dragon and a half-blue dragon tyrannosaurus, and a human dressed in full plate with a shield and heavy mace.  The cleric, who is up on the stairwell, puts up a blade barrier in front of him.  Drac gets snatched up in the jaws of the blue dragon dinosaur.  Hex gets snatched up in the jaws of the black dragon dinosaur.  Zohi throws a wall of fire on the two lizards and the cleric in a bright inferno.  Arien cuts loose on the black dragon with her mighty flurry of blows.  Meanwhile the blade barrier winks out and the cleric steps forward to cast a spell.  Calan crawls around the edge of the chamber dropping quietly behind the blue dragon but taking some fire damage.  Drac and Hex are both swallowed, passing into the respective critters’ gullets.  The dinosaurs take damage from Zohi’s wall of fire again.  Zohi powers up his improved vampiric touch.

            Drac turns into a rhino inside the dragon’s gullet and gouges at the critter’s stomach lining, possibly giving it an ulcer.  Arien pulls an amazing maneuver and stuns the black dragon dinosaur!  But then the cleric casts a spell and touches the critter, and it awakes from its stupor and some of its wounds heal.  Scaly gets served up some major pain from the black dragon guy.  Calan strikes the black dragon from behind in a sneak attack.  Hex, inside the dragon’s stomach, manages to regain psionic focus.  Zohi’s mage hand vampirically sucks some life force from the priest and give it to himself.  He follows this up with a brace of magic missiles.

            Drac give the blue dragon tyrannosaurus terminal stomach death, tearing the monster a new one, literally!  Arien attacks the cleric, stunning him and killing him, incidentally.  Drac and the others flank the remaining dragon and give him what-for, with Calan eventually bringing down the raging beast.