The Players: Rhett (Scott), Haromyre (Jim T.), Garub (John), Quizlan (Doug)
The NPCs: Azar (Rhett’s Cohort), Lorful (The Hobgoblin Paladin), Abner (non-evil Necromancer) and Bennett (Abner’s Skeletal golem)
The tree was homey if you are into that sort of thing or you happen to be a non-evil necromancer named Abner. I’m still trying to figure out how he went from “I really want to know how to raise that corpse as a zombie” to “Fruit looks nice. I’m going to tend the garden”. It’s mind boggling to Scott, the player and Rhett, the PC.
Abner himself couldn’t have been a more gracious host. He allowed us to stay the night in his tree which allowed us to be undetected by the King and his minions. We assume they are hunting for us though we have seen no actual proof of it. I suppose it’s possible they’re not hunting us. I’ll put that on the “odds of rolling 100 on percentiles when you’ll die if you do not” level of likelihood. The chance exists but it’s a small one.
As we had discussed last time, our next step would be to find and raise Katya who had once fought the King and, we were told, would be a powerful ally. Abner informed us that Bennett would show us the way to Katya’s grave but he would not fight for us. He’s a guide and nothing more. The party left with him back to Katya’s grave – the site of our run-in with the corrupted Beholder. . It never occurred to us to mention to Abner that we were familiar with Katya’s Gravesite. We took to the air by spell, item, and even a very large hippogriff (owned by Lorful). Hugging the trees, we arrived at the grave without incident. Bennett guided us the whole way with only an extended arm indicating the direction we should travel. When we got to the gravesite, he pointed straight down.
We encountered two local townspeople at the gravesite. When they asked what we were doing, I told them. I tried to convince them through Diplomacy that it was necessary and right. One of them believed me. The other rolled a 20 on his check and disagreed. He asked that we not disturb the ground and notified us that the grave could be accessed very easily through a door not too far away.
As an aside, accessing Katya’s grave reminds me very much of the Hatch on Lost. It took them days and days to get it open only to find out that there was a doorway not 100 yards away. Anyway….
We get to the gravesite and it’s reminiscent of a catacomb. There are a lot of graves here and quite a few people visiting them for various reasons. We travelled past them deeper into the catacomb.
We encountered a magically sealed door as we got deeper inside. I forget exactly how we knew but we were told to give our reason for wanting to open the door. Quizlan noted that’s why we have paladins –to open magically sealed doors while smart mages stay a good 30 feet away. Not coincidentally, he positioned Azar between the two of us – staying just inside the radius of the lammasu’s continual magic circle v. evil. Brave to the last, I see.
Rhett told the truth of why we wanted to enter (to raise Katya in an effort to defeat the corrupt King) and the door opened.
Haromyre noticed a spirit presence ahead as we entered the room. We assumed it was Katya and our assumptions were proven right in the next room.
Rhett entered the next room first along with Lorful and came to Katya’s grave. Standing in front of her grave was a Stream Guardian. We were aware that the grave would be protected and were also aware that while fighting was an option, it was possible we could get what we needed without fighting. With that in mind, Rhett spoke to the Guardian and explained the situation (corruption, King, needing Katya’s body in order to bring her back from the dead to fight once again). Katya’s body was very decayed, mostly dust and bones. The guardian asked for proof of the corruption. We told him about the corrupt beholder which the King had placed over the grave. The guardian knew about the beholder however he still did not believe about the corruption.
Haromyre had kept an eyestalk from the corrupted beholder and took that opportunity to show it to the Guardian. Time stopped and when it started again, the Guardian was holding the eyestalk. He claimed he could not see the corruption. We explained that it is invisible without True Seeing. After some negotiation, the Guardian agreed to allow Azar to cast True Seeing on him. At that point he understood the corruption and believed us. He threw the eyestalk to the ground and Disintegrated it.
However, after he did so we noticed him trying to wipe off his hands. Those with true seeing up – Haromyre and Quizlan – recognized that his hands were corrupted. I forget where we learned this but Rhett remembered that a corrupted Stream Guardian would be “crossing the streams” level of BAD. With some quick thinking, Garub pulled the corruption out of the Guardian just as he had done before.
We explained again that we were trying to prevent the spread of that corruption and that Katya was essential to our success. He agreed to let us have her body to be raised – success!
We teleported everyone back to Abner’s. We landed just outside the tree which told our mages that it was not possible to teleport into the tree directly. That was a handy tip. Haromyre cleared off a table which had some kind of bad stuff on it – I didn’t catch what it was. As we prepared to bring Katya back we ran into one small problem. There is no cleric in this group with the ability to cast True Ressurection which would be required since she’s been dead for so long.
Rhett asked Abner if he had the ability to raise her. Abner said sure, if we wanted her to be a zombie. Not quite what we had in mind there, old man. Garub remembered that some of the people we saved from bringing corrupted fruit into the stream were Halfling clerics – powerful ones too. The docks had been closed following the recognition of the corrupted fruit and the explosion of the Harbor Masters office. We thought it likely they were still in the docks. We teleported (again) over to them and after a few minutes they agreed to cast the spell. Rhett, being a good paladin, provided them with a decent sized donation for their services.
We brought the Clerics back to Abner’s tree with yet another teleport and they cast the spell. Katya was resurrected. After some brief introductions we explained the situation to her. She agreed to help us defeat the King. We explained that our first step was to defeat the druid who tended the corrupted grove. She agreed.
We did some light reconnoitering and, meeting with no resistance, decided to call it a day back at Abner’s. Rhett asked Katya (twice) if she required any equipment, armor etc…She declined saying she was a powerful cleric – she didn’t need those things. Whatever you say, honey. Whatever you say…
Our day ended with the decision to rest, memorize the attack spells and go after the druid at first light tomorrow….