The Great Artifact Race

The Next Chapter

2 weeks after returning from the other relm. The party decides to take some down time to try and figure out their next move. Rewis and Arel research the the golden lion figurine that was left in the elven city of Ffoney for clues of its powers and how to find the others.

With the news that Symas and Sojiro may still be alive and chasing after the rest of the shards of The Orb of Nightmares. The party must prepare to do whatever it takes to find those shards first. Rewis has made a call out to adventurers, he has offered payment for services and a reward of magic when the task is complete.

The world has grown bleak since the party has returned, Tepool is now overrun with undead and under the control of a vampire who is looking to increase her territory. Reports of an army massing in the cursed Bugbear city of Lukil has the elves of Ffoney worried of an attack by the cities dragon ruler. The city of Sheagrove has closed its gates and little is known about the going ons in the city.

The order of the Holy Sword is still recovering from its defeat at the hands of Symas at the Pantheon of White Light. Their members fear that the weakened order will not be able to combat the Assassins of Nerull and their unknown supporters.

A dark cloud looms over the world, The orb of nightmares and those who would see it restored will stop at nothing. The Dread Gate was left open for whatever evil lies in wait to go through it. How will the party answer the call of destiny?

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Why are we here?

On the other side of the portal come Rewis, and the halfdragon. None of the other party members come through. After waiting for the others to arrive and nothing happening, they decide to make their way to town. On their way there, they meet a saytr who agrees to be their guide in town. They get into town and find it is small and lightly guarded. They also find that the wizard they have been questing for is a Elven sorceress who is the mayor of the town.They talk with her about the book she owns that they need. She claims that she doesn’t own the book but will research the where abouts of it for them.

After meeting the Sorceress, The Saytr has decided that it was time to try and bully the city guard into helping the party. After that didn’t work they needed a new plan. Finally more members of the party show up. with rewis’s sister Arel They devise a plan to go back and demand the book. On the way the Saytr alerted a guard and told him that the party was on their way to hurt the elven spell caster. she responded with an anti gravity spell which injured rewis who then turned into a nightmare beast.

The rest of the party ran, and once rewis was back to his normal self they picked him up and went to an inn to recover and come up with a new plan. The Saytr steals one of rewis’s rods and tries to pawn it. Through an ridiculously elaborate scheme he actually gets it stolen from him and ends up destroying the statue in the center of the city and killing a guard.

They then get together with the captain of the guard to talk to the sorceress one more time. they meet with her and strike a deal, by trading the books for a wish ring with one wish. The also wonder why they were after the book in the first place since the original quest was given to now dead party members. The Saytr started a fight that he ended up losing and he was imprisoned and the rest of the party returned to the relm they came from.

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The other realm

Sealed in the temple the party must find their way out. They travel down corridors to find a way out. Their are no lights and and the air is stale. In one of the corridors a trap is sprung by the paladin. He is crushed by the walls closing and barely escapes with his life. After some work they manage to disable the trap. After that they move on to in the next room they encounter some minatour zombies. A battle eunsues, the paladin charges in and is sorrounded by zombies who kill and start to eat him. After the zombies are defeated, Rewis turns the paladin into a zombie.

They move on and encounter some mimics and defeat them. After looting the mimics and sleeping, they move on and begin to notice that the air is getting thin, due to the fact that their is no fresh air coming in. If they don’t get out soon they will sufficate. They reach a room that has what looks like a book on a pedistul. The inscription on the book reades in celestial The Book Of Souls. Rewis takes it and as soon as he does the paladin zombie explodes from a release of divine magic. They also find the golden monkey statue , one of the worlocks takes it in a hurry (dan’s character). And shoves it in is pack.

They then put the key into the keyhole to turn on the portal and go through to see whatever is on the other side.

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A new enemy

The party choose the portal with the crimson death behind it. During the battle several members of the party near death. They eventually defeated the creature. after the battle they continued on to find the opening to the dread gate sealed. Standing in front of it are sojiro and Symas. A battle erupts to try and stop the 2 from opening the gate. Idris trys to atk symas and is punched to death. The battle goes on until Sojiro makes a deal with the silent paladin to stop. After everyone stops Arel shows up ton confront her brothers Rewis and Symas. It is revealed that Symas had killed Arel and she is back from the dead. While they are debating Sojiro viciously attacks Rewis and takes him down. Arel orders the party to leave and take Rewis with them. As the dungeon begins to quake. the party escapes and they are healed by the temple of st culthburt

The emperor, pleased with the parties performance, hands each member a special gift and shows them to the return portal. Once back to thier plane the party continue to Sheagrove to find the portal that the platnium key opens. After a few days they make it to the city. The do some investigation and find out that the legendary adventurers who run the city. They meet Roman, a cleric, he tells the party to wait a day and he will lead them to the “Final Cathedral” where the portal is said to be. during the night the paladin is attacked by assassins. He survives the attack and warns the party in the morning.

The party gathers to meet Roman, when they get there another is with him. Ingolf a human ranger. They head underground to find the temple. They reach the spot where it is suppose to be and have to start digging. After a few hours they dig through the roof of the temple and repel in. The last 2 on the roof are Roman and Ingolf who then let the party know that they hired assassins to kill them and then seal the roof. The party defeats the assassins with only minor injuries.

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In the dungeon of the dread gate

After the battle with the Owlbears the party carried on. They met a boy in the next room. A human about 12 years old. his name was Sojiro. He very politely asked the party to leave the dungeon as it was too dangerous for them. He then told the party that Symas was his master and he was order to stop the party from advancing. After some debate, the party engaged Sojiro and several other fighters. The battle was fierce but Sojiro was forced to retreat after his allies fell.

After that battle the party continued through the dungeon finding many traps and monsters along the way. In their travel they came across a proficiency that read “The Orb of Nightmares shall be restored when north becomes south and the Dread Gate opens”. they took this as a bad sign.

They ended up in a room with a larger holy symbol painted on each wall. Each symbol represented a different evil deity and each apparently a portal to another room. all 4 rooms had something nasty waiting on the other side.

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Partial Restart

SO since 3 new characters were introduced there was a lot of catching up to do. The half of the party that remained made it into the Citadel and spoke with the emperor about the matter of Symas. It appears his last known location was under the city as he looks for the dread gate. The PCs were first instructed to go and find help. The emperor gave the party 3 people to recruit. A paladin of Heriounous who doesn’t speak, an Elven Druid, and a warmage.

Then they must decide how to find Symas. The party decides to research the Dread Gate. They find out it leads to the place where the orb of nightmares was created. They then determine that the passage to the gate is under one of the cities temples. They ultimately decide the temple of St Cultbert is the right way to go. They inform the temple clerics as to the situation and go into the temples basement accompanied by a cleric. They find the door to the dread gates passageway and force it open. They walk down a hall until coming across a hidden door and open it to find several Owlbears. a brief battle ensues and the Owlbears are defeated.

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Lazyness happened

Due to my lazyness I have not posted anything in the past 3 weeks. Here is a brief overview of what happened. The party learned of the The Orb of Nightmares and that the Lion figurine held a shard of that Orb within it. Then they came accross a quest in the town of Espool involving the platnuim key they recovered. They must now go to Sheagrove to find the “Last Cathedral” The party ran into a sorceror Rewis in Ffoney who was cursed. The priests at the temple in the city could not help him. He may have been cursed by the orb of nightmares. They agree to help him find his brother Symas a monk who may have taken a piece of the orb from Rewis.

They catch up with Symas in Leham and track him to the Pantheon of white light. but during an unexpected battle with a gorgon they find out the Rewis’s curse is turning into a nightmare beast. After escaping from Rewis they chase after Symas through a dungeon where Elba the last original character is killed by a ghast. The eventually meet up with Rewis agian and make it to “The Last Citadel” where Symas is in hiding and searching for The Dread Gate

(A note to players, you may add events I left out tis was just what I could remember)

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Week 4

After leaving the underground path from Tepool. The Pcs discuss what to do with Rajule who is non responsive after contracting mummy rot. They decide to finish him. Luckly for them they run into a group of small monstrous scorpions and they let the scorpions have Rajule. They travel for the rest of the day without incident. That night during one of the watches. The Pcs are met by an elven paladin who appears to glow in the night. She asks if she can rest for a few moments with the pcs.

She says that she is questing for a magic artifact and is currently on her way to Tepool. The pcs say nothing about the recent events there. She then starts expalining the artifact as the Nightmare orb. after a brief rest she then continues on.

The next morning they continue towards the nearest town

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Week 3

Odwith steps forward and demands the surrounded PCs surrender. The Pc’s argue that they were the victim of circumstance and had nothing to do with the towers destruction. Odwith insists says that he will determine if they were respsiable and being the only ones out of the tower before is collapsed is reason enough to arrest them. After a little more debate the Pcs surrender without a fight and are put in prison for the night

The Pcs spend the night in Jail. When they awake it is still dark, as they look outside the sun appears to be eclipsed. Distant screams can be heard throughout the town as well as the sound of fighting. The Erie light from the eclipse is enough to see that parts of the town are burning and not just smoking from forges.Fighting is heard down the hall in the prison, guards running from several assailants. the 3 guards appear in front of the cells, injured and exhausted. they barricade the door to the cell block, and then collapse on to the floor in exhaustion. They have a wild frightened look in their eyes.

The guards notice the Pcs, and when asked whats going on they say “The dead have risen and are killing the living.” and " it all started after the eclipse this morning. about 3 hours ago"
when asked to release the pcs they say " There’s no point, we are all dead. its only a matter of time before that door is broken down. and all of your equipment is in the armory down the hall." The Pc’s diplomacy their way out and diplomacy they guards to give them, their weapons. So armed with only long swords the 3 guards are now defenseless as they have given those swords away.

Rajule and Black Hawk hatch a plan to lure the zombies in using the guards as bait. The zombies shuffle into the room and the pcs quickly leave behind them and lock the zombies and guards in together. The pcs find their gear as well as more zombies. After killing the zombies they proceed to take anything of value they find in any room they come across. They find a few trinkets as well as the deed to the tower of oathes.

As they reach the exit they can see odwith outside moving towards the jail. He has 4 well armed city guards with him. As he approaches the PC’s decided what to do. He reaches the door and is surprised to find the Pc’s have escaped. once outside the prison the Pcs can see all the town. Zombies and other undead roaming around killing and eating. The gates of the town appear to be swarmed. Odwith approaches them. " How did you escape…never mind. It appears we must escape the town before we are eaten. There are too many of them to try and get out through the gates and the walls are too high to climb." He says there is a secret passage under the city hall to a small building in the desert. They must get through the small dungeon and to the other side. They come out into a small military out post that was long abandoned.

So the pcs follow him to the underground passage. As they descend into the dungeon it gets dark. Odwith pulls out a torch and a map. He leads the PCs through. In the first room they encounter some bat swarms but manage to evade them well enough. Then they come across a spiked pit trap that Hedera falls into. After a long walk through what seems like an endless hallway they find them selves in a room filled with spiked pit traps. Odwith leads them through the room and encounters a copy of himself. Then as he brings his torch up he can see 5 total copies of himself. Dopplegangers, they all fight Odwith is badly injured (broken leg) in the fight and one of the PC’s tried to take a swipe at him but misses. It is clear the PC’s no longer have need for him.

After the fight with the dopplegangers, Odwith, bandages his wounds and they continue on. After moving down another hall they encounter some dire bats who attack them. Black Hawk is critically injured in the throat by one and almost dies. He is healed in time by a reluctant Elba. After surviving that encounter Odwith tells the party they are almost out there is one more room to go through. They enter the room and find a mummy block their exit. Both Odwith and Rajule contract mummy rot from the battle. The mummy is defeated after a tough battle. Black hawk strikes a final blow to Odwith after he collapses from mummy rot. Rajule also collapses due to mummy rot he is now comatose. they carry Rajule outside to the abandoned desert outpost.

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Week 2 part 2

After entering the town the PCs decide its time to unload the loot they got from the past several days. They sell what they can and upgrade their stuff. After that they make their way to the Tower of Oathes. They enter cautiously. They see 1st A 40×40 circular room, there is a large arcane circle on the floor.along the far wall are stairs that go to the next level. they appear to be electrified. there is also something written in Dwarven on the wall near the entrance. " When the Seal is broken, The tower of Oathes shall fall." Near the stairs are 4 levers all of them are in the up position.

After fiddling with the levers they discover the room begins to flood if you pull the wrong ones. The PC’s then decide its a good idea to leave and wait for another party to try and solve the puzzle. After a little while another party does come accross the tower and solves the 1st floor. They follow a bit behind as the competing party goes to the second floor. as they go up the stairs the PCs hear alot of fighting. then silence.

They see at the top of the stairs the same arcane symbol on the floor, in the center of the room lies a statue of a Minatour. There are also several dead bodies on the floor. they look recently killed. there are no stairs but a large hole at the far ceiling when stairs could descend from. The PC’s try to destroy the statue but realize that their is a trap connected to it.
opon closer inspection of the statue, it appears to be sitting on a pressure plate the plate, the plate is part of a magical trap it is also the locking mechanism for the stairs. Elba disables the trap and they make it to the next floor.

At the top of the stairs the pcs see a sheet of ice for the floor, the temp is -5 degrees F. The arcane seal can be seen through the ice. the stairs are on the opposite wall. there appear to be scorch marks on the ceiling and walls. the Pcs later find out the floor under the ice is covered in fire traps. the traps are unreachable. they have a pressure trigger. too much weight on the ice and they will go off. Rajule foolishly steps on the floor and falls on the ice as the traps go off and burn him. luckly for him he is resistant to fire. he makes it to the other side but the rest of the party are stuck. They come up with a plan to trigger the traps and before they rest to have elba disable them. after a few attempts they succeed and move on.

The next floor they find an adult red dragon staring them down. Black Hawk immediately says its not real and The rest of them eventually see through the illusion. They go to the next floor.

at the top of the stairs the pcs see in the center of the room on a large stone block is golden lion figurine. all around it are 1 inch holes in the floor and ceiling. with the arcane symbol on the ceiling and floor. the small holes cove both the ceiling and the floor. Instead of going through the trapped room the attempt to rope the Lion Figurine. after a few tries they manage it. They get the statue and prepare to leave

They hear the sounds of another group coming up the stairs. A moment later one of the opposing parties enters the room. A wild look in their eyes, one of them demands that the figurine be given to them. They all seem to have a dark presence about them and a red tint to their eyes. A fight ensues, one of the opposing party a Halfling Rogue gets through the fighting not with out receiving fatal injures yet he continues to the center of the arcane circle in the room and starts chanting a spell. The rest of his party is defeated but after a round they reanimate and continue fighting.

after a few rounds the chanting stops, The halfling then turns to the PCs and mutters in draconic “The Nameless shall triumph when the sun is eclipsed in the Raven.” The seal glows brighter and explodes in magic which fills the room. The halfling is consumed by the magic and becomes a chaos beast. and the tower begins to quake.

The PCs start running down the stairs.The roof of the tower begins to cave in, as they run down the stairs each room they pass through is crumbling but none of the previous traps or magic remain. They make it out just barely. once outside the building they are immediately surrounded by the city guard and the guard captain.

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