Shattered Star #99: Into the Mist?

At the end of last session, we left our heroes battling against the hill giant chieftain and his detestable guards and concubines.

 

The battle swirled about the chamber, but was quickly over. While several of the party were injured, the party’s martial skill and arcane puissance proved too much for the giants and they were slain.

Jubilant, the party healed their wounds and looted the chamber. After a short discussion, they decided to push on and explore more of the caverns. To the south, they discovered several large sludge-filled pits holding the remains of several giants and sickened trolls.

Most of the party cared nothing for the trolls’ suffering, but Makani and Ariquis remained behind. Makani was worried the trolls were overly suffering and decided to set them free. The rest of the party pushed further south and explored a series of empty tunnels.

By the time Makani had fashioned a rope ladder of sorts for the incarcerated trolls, the rest of the party had completed their exploration of the tunnels. A rock fall had stopped them in their tracks, and although Vesleng’s roc had started to clear the debris the discovery of strange green-flecked rock that made the animal feel distinctly unwell caused the party to turn back.

With this minor setback, Ratik’s greatest heroes decided to rest—for they feared they would soon be travelling to the strange demi-plane of Leng and none of them wanted to sleep in such a foul, accursed place.

The next day, the party returned to the caves and quickly made their way to the room featuring an iron door blocked by a huge boulder. The two fire giants lay dead and nothing—beyond the heavy boulder–stood in their way. Vesleng’s pet quickly moved the boulder and the door was opened.

Beyond lay a room with no floor. Twenty foot below the door lay a great bank of swirling mist. The party tried various powerful magic to disperse or pierce the mist’s grey-green veil. All were to no avail and when Karelia identified the mist as some kind of anti-scrying/privacy abjuration there seemed no option but to send a brave scout into the mists.

While Makani volunteered, Ariquis seemed particularly keen. Casting a few powerful spells to protect himself, he descended into the mists and quickly disappeared from view…

 

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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