Session 66 Expanded
16th – 28th Day of Flocktime CY 623
Location: Alternate Prime Material Plane – World Map
Map Tab Color: Orange
Once again the party finds themselves in the eight door room with the X in the middle that Grimmjur placed. The party starts pushing the eye lid buttons again in various orders, attempting to open a new black portal. After performing many combinations, the party finds that should they only get one door open, it would end up being a black portal instead of white. The party is able to get one of the doors, the party has named Door 3, to open with a black portal and they proceed to walk through it.
The party passes through a white portal and emerges into a long narrow room with a large lizarding creature in a cage at the end of the hallway. Along the walls are small bars of potentially other cages. After Master Gilnaeus and Entil-zha examine the creature at the end of the hallway, they think that this is a mythical Tarrasque; however it does appear smaller than the text that they recall reading about it. Lyzander Blaine, deciding to test out if this creature is really what it appears to be, shoots an arrow at the creature, which didn’t seem to notice the party, until an arrow buried into the creature. The creature bellows and roars looking around at what placed an arrow into it.
Entil-zha flies up into the air, in order to get a better view of the creature, while Klam moves forward to try and hide near one of the cages in the wall. As Klam gets near the cage, he sees a snarling lizard creature inside . Grimmjur takes a step forward and grows to huge proportions, while Elymbar Sylanra casts haste upon the bulk of the party. Lyzander Blaine launches a volley of arrows at the mythical creature, landing a mighty blow with one of his arrows and hitting it with all his other attacks, causing the creature to lunge forward against the cage and then slide down the bars of the cage, appearing dead.
Zehklyn Auvyarth starts to summon a monster into the room, while Master Gilnaeus moves up to the nearest cage to him and starts to examine the cage and creature inside, which appears to be a raptor like creature . The creature at the end of the hallway appears to twitch, while Entil-zha moves forward and launches a volley of magic missiles at the creature in the cage in front of Klam.
Klam moves to the next cage, containing a similar creature to the previous one and unlocks the door which causes the creature to knock the door open and lunges at him, but misses. Grimmjur takes a several steps forward and changes his armor to appear like a giant bullseye and Elymbar Sylanra carefully makes his way forward just behind Grimmjur. Zehklyn Auvyarth summoned spider appears and starts to scuttling forward and as it scuttles toward the creature at the end of the hall, it causes the doors to the cages to snap open and all of the creatures start to jump out of their cages. Zehklyn Auvyarth flies up into the air and moves forward, while Grimmjur starts swinging at all the creatures around him, easily chopping all of the creatures jumping around him into pieces.
The creature in front of Master Gilnaeus jumps out at him, attempting to bite him, but triggers one of Master Gilnaeus contingencies, causing it to snap its jaws down on one of Master Gilnaeus mirror images. Entil-zha calls out to the party, “Everyone move up to 40 feet and move forward as a group.” which Klam is immediately does, along with Grimmjur whose head nearly hits the ceiling as he goes. Lyzander Blaine flies up and forward to float near Grimmjur, while Zehklyn Auvyarth does the same thing. Master Gilnaeus flies forward towards the end of the hallway calling out, “Let’s get to the end of the hallway quickly.” Entil-zha makes his way, in an overly dramatic way, to end up next to Master Gilnaeus.
Klam moves forward to hover just above the creature and the door in the cage. The rest of the party makes their way to the end of the hallway and as they approach the creature, the move perceptive of the party members notice that creature appears to bend through the bars more than it should be, making them believe that some sort of illusion was cast on the creature. The party flies down and passing through the portal and through a violet portal, which removes many of Klam active spells causing him to gently float to the ground.
In the room beyond is what appears to be two twirl whirlpool of a nasty green liquid that smells strongly of sulfur.
As Klam is about to hit the liquid, he dimension doors to the other side of the liquid, onto a small metal ledge. Grimmjur is next through the screen, causing his active spells to go inactive as well, but as he slowly falls down he draws a potion and drinks it, causing him to fly just above the liquid’s surface. Elymbar Sylanra follows Grimmjur through the screen, but his fly spells remain active and he floats above the liquid as well and readies himself to cast fly on someone that might be falling into the liquid.
Master Gilnaeus follows next through the screen, cause many of his active spells to be dispels and many of his contingencies as well, causing him to slowly fall down to the liquid, but he quickly casts fly upon himself. Zehklyn Auvyarth follow next, causing many of his active spells and contingencies, but manages to keep his own flying spells. Lyzander Blaine is the last through, causing many of his active spell effects to be dispelled, but manages to keep the fly spell on him.
Once the party gains their bearings, they notice that the fumes from the acid fill the room, threatening to poison the less hardy of the party, which none of them surcome to it. The party, with the exception of Klam, makes their way to the other side of the room. As Klam looks at the portal, the door scrolls the words, “Even, odd, even, odd, even odd leads out.” Upon the other side of the portal, is the eight doors room with the X in the middle. Upon passing through the room, the pocket watch that Entil-zha was given by the apprentice starts ticking, forward to an hour and a half forward.
Master Gilnaeus pulls out a scroll of limited wish and reads it, gaining back all of the spells, active and contingency spells. Master Gilnaeus and Entil-zha gather the members that had lost various spells that they had cast then the party starts to discuss the plan for the rest of the rooms.
While the rest of the party is discussing these things, Master Gilnaeus walks around the room, pushing the buttons to open only the door the party has taken to call Door 4. As Klam moves through the portal, he emerges into a small, high vaulted ceiling with a blue portal in the middle of the room and a similar one on the ceiling above. As the various members of the party move into the room, the other members move to the other side. When Master Gilnaeus moves into the room and then jumped into the portal after telling Grimmjur to “Jump.” Entil-zha moves into the room and asks where Master Gilnaeus is, which Grimmjur tells him jump, which he does. Elymbar Sylanra and Zehklyn Auvyarth follow afterwards and jump into the portal after Grimmjur tells them, “Jump.” Finally Lyzander Blaine moves into the room, then dives into the portal.
The pitch black ball falls down past Klam, who stays against the wall watching it fall by with Grimmjur. Master Gilnaeus appears again from the top portal and moves to the side, ready to cast fly upon anyone that falls through without the ability to fly. Entil-zha comes out of the portal next, then moves next to Master Gilnaeus and begins speaking with him. Zehklyn Auvyarth, Elymbar Sylanra, and Lyzander Blaine emerge from the portal and move to the side of the wall. Lyzander Blaine prepares to shoot an arrow at the sphere when it passes by, while Master Gilnaeus watches the arrow in an attempt to determine if it really is a sphere of annihilation.
Master Gilnaeus calls down to Klam to check for secret doors, which he does and isn’t able to find anything. Master Gilnaeus watches the sphere and times himself to move up through the top portal, which causes Entil-zha to lose contact with Master Gilnaeus through his status spell. After the ball passes through the portal, Master Gilnaeus appears front the bottom portal and moves back against the wall with Klam and Grimmjur.
The party discusses where they will end up on the other side of the portal. Lyzander Blaine is the first person through the top portal, successfully after several near misses. Elymbar Sylanra and Zehklyn Auvyarth are next through and are successful, followed by Entil-zha, who has no trouble at all timing his time through. After several very close calls, Grimmjur, carrying Klam, are able to successfully make it through, while just before Master Gilnaeus makes it through, he casts an illusional wall spell upon the room, making it appear as though there is less room on the top and bottom ledges.
Klam opens the door at the top, which shows the black portal beyond. The room beyond the portal is a room with what would have been a spinning scythe and hammer dropping from the ceiling, but they have all been smashed to pieces and various pieces of dented and beat up armor. Upon looking through the room, it appears that every trap and creature in the room had been triggered and destroyed, and down the final corridor is the black portal. After passing through the portal, the party ends up back in the room with the X and pushes the buttons to have only one door open.
After going through the portal, the party is teleported into a 10 foot tall room with 5 holy warriors within and both parties prepare for battle. As Master Gilnaeus gathers himself and looks around the room, he notices an invisible force cube around him and he takes aim at the force cube around him with a disintegrate spell and destroys the cube around him. After the cube around Master Gilnaeus disappears, a ton of sand starts to fall around Master Gilnaeus. To avoid being crushed by sand, Master Gilnaeus turns himself into a gaseous form.
Entil-zha attempts to message Zehklyn Auvyarth to tell him, “Don’t disintegrate the cube!” but isn’t able to send it through the wall of force and looks around his club. Lyzander Blaine reaches out to touch the sand, but his hand hits the wall of force, which is smooth and feels like glass. Zehklyn Auvyarth communicates with Entil-zha through Drow Sign language to ask him what he thought we could do and then contemplates what he could do. Grimmjur takes his pack off and sits on it, striking a ponderous pose. Elymbar Sylanra examines the floor yet to try and determine what it is made of and considers past life decisions.
Entil-zha examines his surrounds and looks for a portal of any sort, but isn’t able to see any on any of the walls he can see. Lyzander Blaine considers destroying the cube and drinking the potion that does the same thing Master Gilnaeus did, but reconsiders it as he doesn’t think he could do that. The party takes their time and considers what they could do, instead of doing anything, while Master Gilnaeus continues to make his way to the surface.
Entil-zha decides to turn himself into an earth elemental then disintegrates his cube and glides through the sand to the top. Entil-zha and Master Gilnaeus talk with each other about what they have to do to get other people out. Master Gilnaeus gives his staff to Entil-zha to disintegrate the cubes and he goes back down to the Grimmjur cube. He places his face to the cube Grimmjur is in and attempts to communicate with him to drink his potion after he destroys the cube and is successful in communicating with him.
Entil-zha next goes to Lyzander Blaine cube and tells him the same thing and they are able to get back to the surface successfully. After several minutes of no other members coming to the surface, Master Gilnaeus messages Entil-zha to come back up, which he does. They figure out another way to get the other members out, which consists of disintegrating the cubes and teleporting to the surface.
After the party is at the top of the sand pile, the party examines the doorway at the top, which had scrollwork that says, “A cube has 8 sides, once you understand.” and the party makes their way through the portal. After traveling through the portal, Klam is met with a searing wall of fire, which would burn him, if he didn’t have resistance to it. Grimmjur is next through the doorway and Master Gilnaeus walks into the room then promptly walks through the firewall. Entil-zha moves through wall as well, as he sees Master Gilnaeus walk through the wall as well.
Zehklyn Auvyarth enters the room and is burned slightly from the fire and Elymbar Sylanra places resist fire upon Zehklyn Auvyarth and Klam so they are able to move through the wall. Grimmjur moves through the wall and attacks the Wall of Ice that is behind it, causing it to shatter into pieces. Beyond the Wall of Ice is a Wall of Stone, which Grimmjur cuts a large hole into the wall.
Beyond the Wall of Stone is a large pedestal, atop which sits a gem and jewel encrusted goblet and those able to detect an absence of magic within. Lyzander Blaine launches an arrow into the room, that Entil-zha casts light, and upon entering the room, the light stops glowing. As Klam looks into the room, he notices several small holes on the ground that he thinks would trigger something shooting up once the cup is taken off the pedestal.
The party discusses what the party should do related to the cup, with the predominate plan being Grimmjur hitting the cup off the pedestal and cutting the bars should the cup being still in the cage. Klam carefully moves into the room and looks around and notices several pressure plates, but the party decides to go with their initial plan and arranges themselves to prepare for what the cup might do.
Grimmjur takes Entil-zha 10 foot pole and starts to swing at the cup and as the pole comes into contact with the cup it seems to come into contact with a wall like force and the pole appears stuck in place. Entil-zha and several others hear the cup make a muffled “Umph!” The cup then softly says,
“Come adventures and pick me up… AND STOP HITTING ME!” It continues to say, “Come adventures and pick me up to be names the Champion.” The party realizes that this might be too good to be true and Entil-zha comes to realize that this thing is probably a mimic.
Entil-zha and Zehklyn Auvyarth attempt to bluff the mimic that they could harm it while in the anti-magic room, but it knows better than to believe them. Lyzander Blaine launches an arrow hitting the mimic for a moderate amount of damage to it, causing it to sprout little legs and scurry around the pillar. Master Gilnaeus moves around behind the domed wall of stone and sees a black portal, which the party makes their way through it and back into the room with an X.
The party does the necessary button pushing and opens a new black portal and on the other side is teleported into a pitch black room that makes feels cool, wet, and makes the party feel as though their lungs would fill with water, if not for having a spell that allowed water breathing. A slight current can be felt by the party, but none can really feel which way is up or down.
Entil-zha casts message and attempt to speak a message to the party, but is only able to communicate with Lyzander Blaine. Elymbar Sylanra attempts to do the same, but is unable to communicate with anyone else. Master Gilnaeus changes into a dolphin and starts to examine his surroundings and starts swimming around.
Grimmjur slowly starts to swim in a random direction while Entil-zha and Zehklyn Auvyarth attempt to create some light, but are unable to pierce the darkness. Klam flails around a bit, but is unable to get anywhere. The more perceptive members of the party starts to feel fin like creatures touching and tickling their feet and legs.
Master Gilnaeus swims through one of the portal like things that he noticed with his echolocation and senses a Halfling like figure floating in the middle of the room. Upon entering the room, Master Gilnaeus feels the current in the room change directions. While Klam is floating around, he feels a large fined creature brush up against him. Entil-zha uses his staff to summon forth 3 large water elementals into the room.
Elymbar Sylanra decides to summon a water elemental into the room as well, while Grimmjur continues to float around, playing dead. Zehklyn Auvyarth changes himself into the form of a large white dragon, while Entil-zha water elementals prepares to cause a whirlpool and another to go in the direction that he can sense that Lyzander Blaine is.
Zehklyn Auvyarth starts to feel a thrashing of water around him as the small fish start to attack him, so he moves slightly away from them and unleashes a cone of cold where the swarm once was, freezing them in a block of ice. Elymbar Sylanra elemental appears and he attempts to instruct it attack those around him, however he has trouble communicating with it.
The party is floating in the cold, watery darkness with little idea as to where they have to go and where the other party members are.