After several weeks on hiatus because of my horrendous work schedule, we returned to the Underdark campaign last Thursday.
|More of Jake's artwork here.|
- Kjell, Dhampir Inquisitor (Andrew)
- Blue, Human Fighter (Jake)
- Rurik, Dwarf Barbarian (Stetson)
- Mercy, Half-Orc Ranger (Jammie)
After felling the last of the orcs and rescuing Kjell's old friends, the majority of the group backtracked toward their stash of loot. Once there, they sent Kjell's friends back toward the tower and started toward Dagger Falls with their wagonload of goods to sell.
Meanwhile, Rurik was hustling toward Dagger Falls on his own, knowing that a vampire's drain is much more difficult to be rid of if one waits too long to find a capable healer. Unfortunately, he ran himself into unconsciousness... but was awakened by an ancient dwarf who healed him in return for a favor. The two dwarves spoke for a time, but soon the old dwarf interrupted Rurik to say, "Go that way, right now, and you will meet your friends on the road to Dagger Falls." Rurik tried to ask another question, but was again interrupted only long enough to explain that the old dwarf had seen the future, and if Rurik waited too long, he would miss his friends on the road.
The rest of the group continued north on the trail they had started out on days earlier. They saw the ruin of Castle Daggerdale off in the distance to the west as they traveled, but didn't stop to investigate. Not much farther down the road, Rurik stumbled upon them as if he knew exactly where they would be on their path, and perhaps he did with the ancient dwarf's help.
A few hours later, as the group came into the White Crags, Mercy recognized where they were and warned the group about the lich of Bloodstone Castle - a fortress teeming with undead that had been "allowed" to stand by local rulers. In truth, local lords have sent more than their fair share of expeditions to destroy the castle's inhabitants, and none have returned. However, since the lich doesn't seem interested in conquering the surrounding lands (aside from patrolling the immediate area), they've stopped devoting resources to the "problem."
|Quite possibly the worst in-game photo I've taken since|
the beginning of this campaign... oops!
Unfortunately for our heroes, they encountered one of those patrols on the road, and although they managed to spot the burning skeletons long before they noticed the group, Rurik forged ahead with his axe at the ready. A grueling fight ensued, the group's piercing and slashing weapons a burden against their skeletal foes. They finally managed to destroy them, however, and they traveled hastily through the rest of the White Crags to Dagger Falls.
When they finally arrived, they spent a great deal of time in the marketplace, mostly dealing with the wolf tribe barbarians who traveled with Hadrogh the half-drow. Hadrogh wasn't there in the flesh, leaving his barbarian friends to do the talking in towns where the presence of a drow might hurt sales. They did, however, manage to set up a meeting with him later that night, after the sun went down... but details on that will have to wait for a later post.