After hearing that two children have gone missing in the Realmsend catacombs the heroes go exploring. They learn that the children broke into the tomb of a deluded Realmsguard commander Sandion Madsword who was sealed up alive by his own men. The heroes found the tomb full of undead and one of the children being cut up to be fed to the Vampiric Sandion. The party rescued the live child Cele but had to flea Sandion. Later they learned he escaped the Catacombs via the Stonecloaks cavern.
Notes: this session was a mechanical test for players and was unplanned part of the character creation session. It was entirely improvised and did not have many story links with the larger campaign, although it does not contradict any of the campaign mythos.
The characters travel with Lucien Roadfoot and Zoriene Quickstrike to the town of Briarhollow. On the journey there the heroes find a sending stone, one of a pair belonging to the child Diri and her Father who are inseperable. Forced by Eldritch watherings to seek refuge in the town inn the heroes see Briarhollows mansion in a ruined state then fine. At the inn odities continue as the bard sweats and wimpers as he plays a lame tune. The heroes learn that the townsfolk are illusions, they are really undead. Forced to flea they reach the manor house which provides temporary relief. However the heroes learn this too is an illusion and that the lady of the house is supposed to deliver them as payment for an outstanding debt to a coven of hags. The heroes defeat her minions and the dwarf vampire Modriella Coolforge and deliver her corpse as payment to the hags. The witches reluctantly take the payment of an equalizing of the stakes and leave the town.
Note: This was a one-shot prelude were the players took on the roles of lvl 5 characters. The child Diri was a ghost and her father (the town leader) was an undead protecter trying to slay lady Hollowsulk who made the deal with the witches. In Crownsgift (the province the adventure was set in) it is possible to make pacts with the local hags in exchange for sacrifice or equal compensation. Milliam Hollowsulk (the lady of Briarhollow was a residium adict)
Heroes are summoned to the court of Skarg Godshammer who wanted them to investigate the dissapearance of a patrol near fardeep gate. Suspecting Drow the heroes consult the Drow Tavinia Spiderflask at the blind beholder tavern. She sends the heroes on her Dragon Josuvix Shadowlurk. Upon arriving the heroes learn that the dragon stole their identification papers and made off towards the ruins of Stonegaze in the underdark. The party pursues finding Tavinia’s Drow henchman guarding the ruin, after fighting their way through they find the central cavern of Stonegaze, a shaft Starwatch, here a mindflayer is peforming a bizare ritual bathing itself in cosmic energy to transform into a beholder.
Notes: This weeks adventure was a one off were everyone played 11th level characters.