Rise of the Runelords

Murder Most Foul Part 1
It's all gone grisly

9 Lamashan 4707

Rena has received a message from Father Zantus asking them to return to Sandpoint because of murders.

The party quickly gathers their belongings and horses and start the journey to Sandpoint.

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The Succubus Part 2
Love is cruel

9 Lamashtu 4707

They awaken with plans to continue the search for the group that aided Nualia. Then Rena receives a message from Father Zantus – Please return to Sandpoint. There have been murders and the seven pointed star has been seen…

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The Succubus Part 1
Love is cruel

8 Lamashan 4707

The group moves into the basement crypt of the chapel. Encountering 3 wights, they defeat them without much incident. Moving through the crypt, they trigger a glyph of warding, but Tig avoids injury.

They then enter the chapel, finding it apparently empty. The place has been desecrated with the remnants of slaughter and sacrifice.

They move through and find a human in an alcove behind bars. The PCs are highly suspicious and enter into a conversation with the pleading human. This continues for a brief period, but the subterfuge is hampered by Rena detecting that the figure is a strong source of evil.

The succubus drops the pretence and summons another demon. The bars it is behind prevent the heroes from properly attacking it and it has a wicked attack that severely injures anyone she touches.

The battle is long and drawn out, eventually descending into a stalemate. The Succubus bids them farewell and teleports away.

The battle is over and the group returns to the guards. They are amply rewarded and spend the rest of the day spending their funds.

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The Trial Part 2
Justice is served

7 Lamashan 4707

The group decides to investigate Nualia’s journal and the shadowy figures mentioned in it that helped her.

During their investigation, they find out about chapel to Sarenrae that was in the process of being contracted when all of the priest where murdered.

They continue their investigations and eventually discover stories of people going missing in the Underbridge area. Spending a bit more time on this leads them to encounter a guard named Kassadei, who is also investigating the case. Between them they decide to set a trap using Rose as bait.

That night they lay their trap, and set the scene for Rose to be ambushed.

She is attacked by a half-elf and a gargoyle. After a swift battle, the gargoyle is killed and the half-elf captured. They take her back to the guards for interrogation. During this, it is realised that she is under the controlling influence of a third party. Rose breaks the influence and the half-elf breaks down in remorse and regret.

The group finds out that the disappearances are due to the work of a succubus. The demon captured and dominated the half-elf into becoming her accomplice. The succubus is laired at the half built chapel to Sarenrae in Underbridge.

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The Trial Part 1
Justice is served

6 Lamashan 4707

A retinue from Sandpoint escorts the prisoners Tsuto, Lyrie and Orik to Magnimar for trial for their crimes.

After a night of preparation there is a speedy trial under the supervision of Justice Ironbriar, a severe looking elf.

All three are found guilty, and sentenced to conscripted service with the Black Arrows – a militia group that defends the civilised south from the wild giant infested areas of the north.

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Nualia's finale
Vengeance for Sandpoint

1 Lamashan 4707

The PCs move down to the lowest level and move carefully through the corridors of what are ruins of an old complex.

Unfortunately, Tig triggers a trap but manages to avoid the damaging mechanism. They then move slowly to a crossroads and open a door finding Nualia behind it. She appears to have been waiting for them.

When she sees Rena, she flies into a rage screaming about how Rena had the life she should have. She smites Rena with mighty blows and Rena is forced to retreat. Tig and Rose hold her off with damaging blows while Samoth and Kaz use magic to injure her further. Rena heals herself and rejoins the fight. Between them, they finally slay Nualia avenging the dead of Sandpoint both recent and past.

Searching the room, they find a journal that tells Nualia’s story of an abusive father and unhappy childhood. This led to her turning away from Desna. An accidental pregnancy and betrayal by her lover, led to further abusive treatment by her father and Nualia’s turning to Lamashtu as her saviour.

She then turned to evil, murdering many, many people until her eventual meeting with Tsuto and the attack on Sandpoint.

The party returns to Sandpoint and a heroes welcome. They rest, recover and rearm themselves.

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The Goblins of Thistletop Part 1
Prelude to the end

30 Rova 4707

Tig investigates the bridge over the gorge and notices that it has been rigged to give way if too many people cross at the same time. She moves across and secures the bridge safely.

They sneak in and start to move around the goblin lair. After discovering sleeping and drunk goblins, they stumble into a group in a barrack. a fight ensues which moves through the lair until they reach the ‘throne-room’ of Chief Rignugget.

The chief ask for a halt to the fighting to start parley. A tense conversation is held, culminating in the Chief proclaiming them inferior and he commands his subjects to attack. The Goblin Druid that had escaped previously decides to leave at this point and the heroes defeat the rest of the goblins after a bloody battle.

The party moves through the rest of the area until they discover stairs leading down in two places.

They choose to go down the stairs nearer the rear of the lair. This leads to a room containing battle maps and plans. Beyond this they enter a room full of research materials, and a woman in robes. She attacks them initially, but soon realises that she is hopelessly outnumbered. The party secure her and interrogate her. She tells them of the other inhabitants, and also Nualia’s location.

The group sweeps through the rest of the level, finding a mercenary that they also arrest. They also find a bugbear committing unspeakable acts to female goblins. The group wastes no time in despatching him. Also on this level is a temple to Lamashtu, with two demonic dogs called Yeth Hounds. The temple also has evidence of Nualia having burnt her fathers remains.

The group decides to rest and ready themselves for the battle with Nualia.

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A Brief Respite Part 2
cleaning up and moving on

30 Rova 4707

Borrowing a boat, they travel along the coast until they have to row the rest of the way. As they approach, they realise that scaling the outcropping will be very difficult. They spy a cave and row into it. They spy a hole in ceiling which appears to be a shaft up to the top of the cliff. As they sit there, a dark shape moves underwater and strikes the boat. It rocks sharply, but everyone stays on board. They attempt to hit it as comes round for another hit, Tig braces her spear for it but it strikes and knocks most of the group out of the boat. They realise it is a bunyip, a ferocious seal. After a prolonged skirmish, they despatch it and then go on to scale the shaft to the top of the cliff.

They emerge into a heavily overgrown thicket. Moving carefully, they encounter some Goblin Dogs, which are quickly destroyed. However they alert a cougar which runs off down another path. Samoth gives chase and sees the cougar apparently talking with a goblin in robes. He attacks with spells from a distance, and the goblin disappears into the undergrowth, moving through it as if it wasn’t there. A prolonged game of hide and seek commences, with minor damage being traded, until the goblin emerges in the form of an eagle, flies out and over the goblin compound landing behind it.

They wait on one side of the bridge deciding what to do.

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A Brief Respite Part 1
cleaning up and moving on

29 Rova 4707

After a restful night, the group head back down into the ruins to finish exploring them. They are now peacefully deserted.

They find evidence of old research rooms, some torture implements and a strange spherical room with floating objects. Black writing courses around the room like electrical discharges.

After collecting some minor treasure, they return to the surface.

Sheriff Hemlock returns and is brought up to date on events. after some discussion, it is agreed that the best course of action is for the party to proceed to Thistletop to deal with the goblins and Nualia.

They spend the rest of the day restocking and trading and rest in preparation for the assault on Thistletop.

30 Rova 4707

Borrowing a boat, they travel along the coast until they have to row the rest of the way. As they approach, they realise that scaling the outcropping will be very difficult. They spy a cave and row into it. They spy a hole in ceiling which appears to be a shaft up to the top of the cliff. As they sit there, a dark shape moves underwater and strikes the boat. It rocks sharply, but everyone stays on board. They attempt to hit it as comes round for another hit, Tig braces her spear for it but it strikes and knocks most of the group out of the boat. They realise it is a bunyip, a ferocious seal. After a prolonged skirmish, they despatch it and then go on to scale the shaft to the top of the cliff.

They emerge into a heavily overgrown thicket. Moving carefully, they encounter some Goblin Dogs, which are quickly destroyed. However they alert a cougar which runs off down another path. Samoth gives chase and sees the cougar apparently talking with a goblin in robes. He attacks with spells from a distance, and the goblin disappears into the undergrowth, moving through it as if it wasn’t there. A prolonged game of hide and seek commences, with minor damage being traded, until the goblin emerges in the form of an eagle, flies out and over the goblin compound landing behind it.

They wait on one side of the bridge deciding what to do.

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That was a bit easier than we expected!
Do they know what's under the town?

28 Rova 4707

The PCs awaken and prepare themselves for the journey back down into the smuggler’s tunnels. They soon reach the entrance to the ruins under the town. However the two guards left there the previous night are missing and a trail of blood leads into the ruins.

Tig heads in to scout on ahead with the rest of the party following. Her keen senses detect shuffling noises ahead and low moans. She communicates this to the group and they move cautiously ahead.

Tig finds two zombies playing with a body. As she moves to encounter them, more emerge and then more and she spies a strange figure ahead – Goblin-like but larger and misshapen. The others join her and soon there is a mass of zombies.

Rena and Rose hold the front line while Tig strikes from range. Kaz and Samoth fire spells from range, and as the zombies threaten to overwhelm them Samoth drops a grease spell under a group. This acts as a barrier and slows the zombies down. The misshapen goblin gets closer and it’s apparent that this is something quite unnatural. The goblin is much larger than usual, has a large distorted head and has three arms. It’s wielding a burning sword, a mithril handaxe and a silver dagger.

The grease spell allows the group to pick off the zombies, and luckily the goblin seems unable to get past the grease as well and is quickly despatched.

The group is looking fairly beat up though, and has used a lot of their spells. Despite this they decide to explore a bit further. They jam shut several of the doors and head for a set of stone double doors.

Rena concentrates at the doors and detects a low level of evil behind them across a wide area and a focussed evil as well. The group prepare themselves and enter.

They find a temple dedicated to evil, with two pools, one of water and another filled with a bubbling golden liquid. Hovering over the bubbling pool is a tiny demon – it’s the quasit mentioned in Tsuto’s note.

The party enters the room, and the quasit flies into a rage. She cuts herself and drips blood into the pool, which flashes. Some of the golden liquid coalesces and forms into a creature similar to the one the PCs fought when they were in the ruins the previous day. As the creature emerge, the level of the pool lowers.

Rose enlarges herself, Rena moves to attack the creature and Samoth and Kaz fire spells. The quasit flies to the centre of the room and vanishes.

Rose and Rena attack the creature from the pool. Then the quasit attempts to cast Hold Person on Tig, not noticing that she is not a humanoid. This proves to be its downfall. Samoth uses a Colour Spray, which stuns it. It falls to the ground and the party quickly surround it. Rose unleashes a mighty blow and the quasit is dead.

The group resolve to return to the surface to report their findings and get some healing. What is this ruin, Who is the statue of, What is going on with Nualia and the demon quasit?

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