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Fellowship of the Forge: The Tomb 1 Year ago  
The Tomb
Zaltar let us into the kitchen past the serving girls. Just when they were about to scream, he waved his hand and they fell into a state of confusion. He led us to a room with a door in the floor. “Could I ask one of you strong strapping young men to open this for me?” The soldier stepped forward and lifted the stone door on its hinges with one hand resting it back on the floor to one side. “Whoa Pekka, I’ll be sticking to you” I exclaimed. We made our way down into a smelly room and Zaltar opened a concealed door leading to a set of stairs. We traveled thirty feet down into a chamber. I drew my bow and one of my arrows I especially crafted for just such this need whereby I had previously casted Continual Light on the blunt tip of an oversized arrow. It shone like a bull’s-eye lantern into the room revealing a place of eternal rest. Slightly unnerved, I continued forward with the rest of the company. A great skull flickered eerily in the center of the room. Three feet in size! To the right was a great sarcophagus which drew the attention of the party. I remembered your teachings, Mia Taerven, and kept a healthy distance from the rest as they recklessly converged on the stone crypt. Suddenly we were beset upon by Dukkoti crying out “Invaders! Attackers!” I replied in kind, “No one is attacking you.” Taken aback that I could speak their language, they cried: “Kill that one first!” Me and my big mouth! I dropped my bow and arrow and drew Ari’avel. If they wanted a taste of the Silver Thorn, who was I not to oblige. Then everything went wrong…

Zaltar suddenly disappeared. What? Are we done? Was that it? No time to think about it as I narrowly avoid a man-catcher. The gnome shot forth a rainbow of colors from his fingertips dropping three of the Dukkoti. Nice! But then Aria tried to perform some feat of athletic dexterity off of an unstable skull slamming her face down onto the stone unconscious. Pekka and Dolgan were throwing axes mere inches past the ranger, one of which missed its intended target and struck the ranger instead! “Don’t kill them all!” I screamed. Such an opportunity to gain knowledge of the chamber could not be wasted. Shaddox was on top of the glowing skull (which was a big as he was!) He tried some acrobatic dismount from the centerpiece and also landed poorly. Plate mail clanking, Dukkoti dying left and right, pure chaos! And then: silence. There was one Dukkoti still breathing but unconscious. “Don’t kill him” I said as I grabbed my rope from my backpack. I hogtied the smelly creature as you taught me, Mia Taerven. Even Pekka would not be able to break that hold. Slapping him awake I started in on my interrogation. “Hey there! Are you with us?” I asked. “No, No! I am not with you. I will tell you nothing. I will not betray my tribe. Kill me.” He rambled on. “We do not wish to kill you” I offered. “You attacked us, you invaded our home.” He shouted. “We did not attack you. You attacked us. We would like to meet your chief.” “No, No, I will never betray my chief. You can only kill me.” He blathered on. “Ok” I motioned to Dolgan, “kill him.” Dolgan looked at me puzzled. “If he isn’t willing to help us, you might as well kill him and put him out of our misery.” I offered. “Die like the dog you are, hobgoblin!” Dolgan fumed. “We were not going to get any more from him.” I stated. I went back to retrieve my bow and arrow.

Aria was recovered and as we searched the room further, she found a secret entrance to the right side of the stairway. I was still concerned of leaving our backs open to attack, and to where our host had disappeared, but the party seemed intent upon investigating the secret passage revealed. I investigated further to the corners of the entrance chamber whereby my light must have disturbed the denizen lurking in an adjoining chamber. A mummy! Great Crescent help me! I grabbed my pendant and shouted; “By the power of the Great Crescent, Begone!” And by sheer miracle, it turned away from me and returned to its antechamber. Great Crescent be praised eternally! “MUMMY! MUMMY!” I shouted as I ran into the secret passage. “There’s a mummy out there!” “Spider!” I heard Aria shout from behind me. She was guarding the entranceway to the secret passage. The fighters returned to the entrance to help Aria dispatch the spider. I moved forward in the passageway to a corner which Shaddox had already investigated with his hand mirror. I stepped out knowing full well I might get peppered with Dukkoti arrows and let my Continual light arrow fly down the hallway. It illuminated the corridor and a pool of liquid about 20 feet in length halfway down the hall. Seeing that the coast was clear, and the spider was slain, the ranger came forward to test the pool of liquid with his 10’ pole. “El-ran, be careful” I cautioned. The wood immediately started to smolder. Acid! Only a foot deep, but very corrosive. The gnome remarked that there was a log in the antechamber just beyond the sarcophagus. Maybe they forgot there was a mummy loose back there? I was not about to get caught up in the recklessness of this group and so I stood lookout while they plotted how to get the log out and over the pool of acid. Pekka and El-ran carried the log in and around the passageway, with the guidance of Dolgan, to the pool of acid.

Maybe they misjudged the weight of the log, or maybe Dolgan was just having a bad day, but they lost control of the log as it splashed into the acid showering both Pekka and El-ran! Now the log was slowly disintegrating in the acid. The party started over the log with all but Shaddox, Aria, and I making it across when a boulder came rolling down the hallway! The party already across the log scattered as the boulder ran them over, then through the pool of acid toward us! Aria and I ran back around the corner, but Shaddox attempted an acrobatic leap over the boulder as it barreled down upon him! I actually held out a small hope that he would succeed, but alas, the boulder got him too. As it reached the corner of the corridor we were taking cover behind, the boulder smashed into several pieces of jagged rubble now separating Aria and myself from the rest of the party. Almost recovered; ANOTHER boulder came rolling down the passageway! Again the party scrambled to avoid getting run over, and this time Shaddox was successful in his acrobatic evasion technique. A low rumbling laugh escaped our tormentor from around the bend in front of us. That was all Dolgan and El-ran needed to hear as they charged around the bend to repay their torment.

Aria and I carefully made our way over the rubble of the two boulders. At least they will make following us a bit difficult. The log was half consumed by the acid by the time we reached it. Aria made a running leap up off the log to the other side. Well, if she could do it, I would certainly be able to. Luckily for me, my bravado did not cost me a boot as I was barely successful as well. Shaddox did some sort of double flip, half somersault over the pool to the other side. I think he does that just to see how badly a failure could be. I picked up my arrow as we made our way around the corner to see a badly mutilated ogre disgorged and bleeding everywhere. Just beyond the ogre was a door. Certainly trapped, and certainly locked, we all looked to Shaddox to remedy the situation. With all manner of bluster, he strutted up to the door. A needle barely missed his hand as he worked the trap. “Disarmed” he proudly stated, then he started in on unlocking the door. A few minutes passed by before he exclaimed “I can’t unlock it”. “Maybe I should have a go at it?” Aria suggested. Shaddox moved aside. Within mere seconds, we heard the familiar “Click” from the door. “Unlocked” she exclaimed, much to the amusement of the party and to the chagrin of our Trickster.
(Next up: The Book)
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#58992
Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 1 Year ago  
by trickster he means "entertainer"

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Fellowship of the Forge: The Book 12 Months ago  
The Book
Pekka opened the door to reveal the abode of one or more Ulundo, currently not at home. Centered in the room was a lectern accommodating a red book. “I shall kick the pedestal to send the book flying into the fireplace” Pekka announced. As he started forward I rushed forward and tackled him from behind. “NO!” I cried. Not because I wanted to save the book, but because it was so obvious a trap! Disturb the book, eat a fireball, or worse! We both hit the ground. “Get off of me” Pekka growled as he pushed me off of him. The rest of the party filed in. Shaddox attempted the same feat, but Dolgan stopped him as well. Then, the strangest thing occurred. The face on the book began to animate! It looked... sad. Shaddox’s resolve started to soften as the Great Crescent’s presence started to permeate my thoughts. ‘Destroy It!’ was the emotion invading my mind. Clouded by my own mental state, I lost track of the proceedings in the room. I pulled out the waters of Beryl Aluscoire and began my chant to Sanctify the area centered on the vile construct upon the lectern. So, this is why I am here, in this place, at this time. With the Crescent in full splendor over Valoria. Barely aware of the flurry of events, I barely perceived Pekka to once again take action as he lights the fire in the fireplace with his torch. Shaddox has gone mad with desire for the book as Pekka kicks the lectern sending the book flying into the fire. With an unholy howl, the book bursts into flames sending flaming bits into the room singeing everyone including me disrupting my chant. From the halls of the catacomb we could hear Zaltar’s voice echo with despair “NOoooooooo…” “Well, I guess we be not gettin’ paid today” Dolgan chuckled. Well, all things considered, that was relatively painless. I am sorry I could not repay your debt, Mia Taervan, but I would hazard a guess that this is why I am here and you are not. This Zaltar is not one of the Sons of Adam to be trusted. With the party battered and bruised, we decided to rest in this room. I spent my healing prayers on the most needy and then called forth a banquet from the Great Crescent fit for twice our number. After eating our fill I went into the deep meditative trance that you taught me with my bees wax in my ears. Jostling is one thing, but bumps in the night I could do without.

I awoke to Dolgar’s boot in my side “Get up lad” he said “Time to go back to work.” I shook the sleep from my mind and focused upon the Great Crescent with my prayers, being gratified for the abundance of healing power he bestowed upon me. With a prayer for curing disease and removing curses, we would be in good shape to face the mummy on our way out. But first, it seems we had a visitor camped outside our door. The party was preparing to open the door and face some sort of beast that had been feasting upon the dead ogre we had left outside. Standing in front of the fireplace, double checking that the book was indeed destroyed, I readied my bow to skewer whatever nastiness lay beyond. El-ran opened the door as a large lizard lifted itself up from its place of rest. I shot two arrows, the first the lizard easily avoided, but the second sunk deep into its flank. Shaddox grabbed his half spear, ran straight for the beast and, at the last moment, slid under its forearms to lie directly beneath its body. Sheer madness! Then thrusting upwards, he struck the beast under its chin driving the half spear up through its snout pinning its mouth closed. That’s all well and good, but those four appendages have steel-sharp claws and will shred him to pieces! Pekka and El-ran each slice deep into its flanks and Aria slings a stone striking its head. Thankfully, the beast seems to lose its strength. Pekka yanked Shaddox out from under the beast just as it slumped to the floor snapping his half spear in two. Before we could catch our breath, a pale ghoulish creature lumbered in behind the lizard. Finally realizing what sort of creature was now upon us, I clutched my pendant and spoke forth: “By The Great Crescent, Begone!” and again His great power flowed through me smiting the Ghoul and sending it away. Not being satisfied with this result, El-ran chased it down the hallway where were heard a “Click” as the Ghoul stepped on a loose stone in the hall. A bowl of acid came flying around the corner consuming the Ghoul and splashing El-ran.

We continued around the hallway which ended at a door. Again, Shaddox worked to unlock the door with no avail, and Aria solved with ease. We entered a storeroom of stale provisions. No doubt there was treasure hidden in here, but I had had enough of this place and was ready to leave. “Hey Galdor, you wouldn’t happen to have another one of those light sticks on you, would you?” Shaddox asked. “As a matter of fact…” I draw another one of my thick shafts from my quarrel, “Here you go.” I hand the arrow over to the Ayeredain who stuffs it sticking out of his diminutive pack. At the other side of the room we found another door to yet another hallway. This one opened up into a room of fountains. As per ancient customs, I tossed a golden coin into the fountain and wished for waters of healing. Maybe this is how the inn got its name? The Gnome tasted the waters and lo and behold he was healed! The others each also partook of the healing waters of which I was the last. I felt the singe of the book leave me, restored to my full countenance. The room exited back toward our entrance and we made our way back, I being ever wary of the mummy we would eventually have to face. We came upon a metal door to the right of us which was of course trapped and locked, twice. Shaddox, with again the help of Aria, were able to defeat the impediments and Pekka opened the door. Before anyone could warn him, Pekka entered the hall and stepped on a loose stone of his own. “Snap” a sound came from the ceiling. Pekka looked up and jumped back as a block of stone came crashing down upon him! It caught his shoulder and back badly bruising him. He was lucky not to have been crushed beneath it. Not deterred, he used his grappling hook and rope to climb on top the stone. Around the corner, Pekka saw a few sacks leaned up against the wall. Throwing his axe at one of them, he heard the familiar sound of coin. Being extra careful not to set off any more traps, he climbed down the stone to retrieve very heavy sacks. Asking for help, Shaddox immediately stepped forward being the altruistic fellow that he is. Dolgar mumbled something about strip searching the Performer when he reemerged. “Let him carry the coin if he wants to” I chided, “When we get back to the entrance, we just loot the body.” With a wink and a nod I was able to cajole a chuckle out of the grizzled old dwarf.

Meanwhile, back in the fountain room, a Tanar'ri`Jaless with an eight foot spear emerged from deeper in the catacombs. Sniffing the air, it paused for a moment, then let out a piercing cry. Subsequently, we heard the shuffling of feet approaching. Dolgar chucked a flask of oil into the hall of the approaching Tanar'ri`Jaless. “Now Pekka!” he hollered, however Pekka, who had his flint and steel ready, was now behind a stone block collecting our coin. Remembering NaBael’s gift of the quiver, I evoked an arrow of flame to be drawn. As I drew the arrow, striking it against the side of the quiver, the arrowhead burst into flame. Sighting the center of the hallway I let loose the quarrel which landed directly in the midst of the Tanar'ri`Jaless. The hallway burst into flames! I had hoped this would be our chance to retreat back to the entrance from which we came, however Shaddox had other ideas.

Marbles! Are you kidding me??!! Shaddox drops his backpack and pulls out a pouch, loosens its bindings and chucks it toward the flaming hallway. But before it reached its intended target, the pouch was inadvertently deflected by the Tanar'ri`Jaless standing at the doorway. The pouch bursts open into the fountain room sending marbles rolling everywhere. Luckily I was in position to see clear though the hallway and would not have to move any time soon. Leaving us to the demise of our own agility, Shaddox proceeds to flip and spring his way through the hallway to the next chamber beyond, chasing the Tanar'ri`Jaless that retreated from the flames into splashes of water, whereby he was greeted by three blow darts from Tanar'ri`Jaless popping out of the water. He was able to avoid two of them, but the third caught him in the leg almost instantly dropping him to the ground. Lucky for him, the Gnome followed close behind. By the time the Gnome got to the chamber, more Tanar'ri`Jaless had emerged from the waters and had easily netted the Ayeredain. Once again, the Gnome loosed forth a rainbow of color at his adversaries and felled two of the three. This gave me a clear shot at the Tanar'ri`Jaless with the blow guns which I immediately took sinking two arrows into my first available target. Dolgar, El-ran, and Aria braved the marbles and the flames to provide aid to the Ayeredain and Gnome. Pekka eventually emerged from the vault at which time I cast what healing I could to help him recover from the stone trap. After which, we strode forth to join the fray.

The melee parted for a moment which was all I needed to sink another two arrows into a second Tanar'ri`Jaless with a blow gun. While the rest of the party secured our position, I looked to see what I could do for Shaddox. He was paralyzed by the venom of the dart. We would have done better against the mummy! At least I was prepared for that fight. The best we could do was to neutralize the hostiles in this cavern and then make our way back to safety. Maybe the vault would provide sanctuary if the double lock was able to be activated easily from the inside. The Gnome discovered the rest of the Tanar'ri`Jaless mustering near a giant statue. Calling upon the moisture in the cavern, he called forth a dense fog to surround and confound the band of Tanar'ri`Jaless. We all took turns picking off the confused Tanar'ri`Jaless as they emerged from the fog. Once it had cleared, we saw that we had left none alive. The face of the statue was encrusted with two enormous red gems as its eyes. Lucky for us, Shaddox was in no shape to plunge us into yet another trap from which we would have to escape. I had suggested that we should make our way back to the inn. The gems could wait until we were at full strength. My weary comrades agreed and we made our way back, thankfully unmolested by the mummy who seemed to have been content to return to its shadows.

Upon emerging from the sewers, Zaltar was nowhere to be found. We asked the bartender for rooms for the night (even though it was mid-morning). In deference to Aria’s gender, we opted for two rooms, though it was my suspicion that one would probably have done just as well. After another session of meditation, I asked the Great Crescent for prayers of healing which he mercifully supplied. I first tended to Shaddox, releasing him from his paralysis, then to the rest who were also still hurt. After two more cycles of prayers and supplication to the Great Crescent, we were fit to re-enter the tomb.
(Next Year: The Catacombs!)
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 10 Months, 1 Week ago  
Whose caverns these are I think I know
His house is in the village though
He will not see me stopping by
to see his caverns lose their foe

My party must think I'm queer
To take so much when I am here
Between the friends and foes alike
the darkest part of life is fear
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I think it would be OK to post some pictures from the Patron's game If anyone is so inclined?




A few more, I mean....
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Stefan where did you get the altar/book thing from? Looks awesome!
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Fizzikx,

The book is the "mysterious, evil, blood-red tome", called Necronomicon Ex Mortis as a geeky reference by a few DF fans, that is included in the "Den of Evil Room Set".
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Count me in for the Return of the Fellowship of the Forge.
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Re:Moved "In Game" Fellowship of the Forge Story Here 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Hail and well met fellow Adventurers! In the last Fellowship of the Forge Game we had daring acrobatics in the Tavern, hidden staircases into an ancient crypt. This ancient burial place was filled with traps and other horrors! When first entered the crypt Hobgoblins attacked then Hobgoblins died. As you can see here Wweist saved us by miraculously turning a Mummy! www.flickr.com/photos/vladdtaltos/13287734405 As I recall a giant spider attacked from above being the dwarf Dolgan Mar charged and got tangled in the spider. Dwarves are more resistant to poison than some folks you know. It was all axe and legs and fangs for a second would have been in trouble if Richens had not finished the thing off with his spear. www.flickr.com/photos/vladdtaltos/13287777435 Here was the dreaded Acid pool. The only way across was to get a log we found back in the crypt. Shadox ,Pekka, Feymous,Wweist all made it across fine but the gnome illusions fell off the now sizzling log into the acid! Dolgan Drank his potion of speed and ran across scouping up the gmome along the way! Locked doors? Well Shadox could not pick a lock to save his life that day. Sometimes the dice are just against you. Good thing Feymous playing a wizard/thief got the job done.What was it 4 doors? Shadox 0 Feymous 4? Whos counting? www.flickr.com/photos/vladdtaltos/13288067904 Then we really worked together as a team in the next trap. A giant was rolling boulders down a ramp at us taunting as he did it. Well you can see what happened to him. The Giant got knee capped.Ouch!The next room involved an Evil book and some quick thinking from Shadox and Feymous and Wweist to get us out of that jam! Then we come to a demon door and open it to a long hallway Dolgan starts covering the door with oil.That idea seemed to spread as everyone with flasks of oil through them in the hall.Sure enough Lizardmen attack! Marching down the hall like the own it! Poof! Lizard well done anyone? Shadox ran ahead to scout and got netted by a lizard man! No really he got netted by a Lizard Man! www.flickr.com/photos/vladdtaltos/13280289723 Then Pekka as I like to call Son Of Shadox, used his grappling hook to dashingly swing into the room to save his Dad! It was awesome! www.flickr.com/photos/vladdtaltos/13280310023 Big fight infront of epic statue....Goodtimes!
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