Friday, August 28, 2009

The Great Ball of Lightning, Part II

  • Characters: Hlinthi, Rog, Roywyn, Trebbor, Wicasa
  • NPCs: Sky Captain Quint
  • Synopsis: Following the split of the adventurers, Rog, Wicasa, and Quint move the volcano shaft being protected by dwarf warriors of the Small Canyon clan. The egress leads to an underground river which eventually and unnaturally climbs uphill before leading to a set of massive stone doors. Adorning the portals are images of the god Cyric, who replaced Bane during the Time of Troubles. Staring down the Prince of Lies, the Black Son, the three adventurers open the doors revealing a circular chamber. The river spirals into a whirlpool at the center of the room, but the group’s presence is detected as a massive humanoid with elephant features emerges. The battle is treacherous, but is eventually joined by Hlinthi, Roywyn and Trebbor from a shaft leading to the surface above. Again the chamber is alight with battle, and ultimately the guardian is defeated. The Skeletal Ruins above seem to be the source of the ball of lightning phenomenon. The group begins moving from the central fountain to explore the ruins, discovering a hall of statues surrounding a vase. Embedded within the vase is a gem of blue lightning. Below is the river of water, but above is a floating river of fire! Further exploration leads to a brief encounter with two humanoid guardians, each containing a massive toothy maw. They are dispatched, leaving the mystery of the great ball of lightning unsolved.
  • Encounters: Two sonic watchers, an elephant-humanoid guardian
  • Achievements: investigated the Skeletal Ruins, discovered a potential source of the ball of lightning, linked to strange elemental phenomenon.

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