Euontel

Chapter 40
A Deal with the Dwimmerlurk

Something strange seemed to come over the Watchers, and a figure emerged from the Factory, what seemed to be an elf covered in a gray-green mucus. The figure spoke for the Dwimmerlurk, who it said had recently taken control of the Watchers’ network. It said that for the “Last of the Illithids”, their Elder Brain that Sthalut had within his castle, the Dwimmerlurk would allow the slaves to live. The party agreed to retrieve the Brain from the castle, and once they opened it Dasterbolt mentally communicated with it for a brief conversation, in which he tried to convince it to create a morally better race than the Illithids that he knew.

After resealing the Brain’s container, Bronagh and Dasterbolt argued about what to do with the Brain and the Dwimmerlurk. Having decided to try to alter the deal to ensure the slaves’ safety in case they needed to become violent, they spoke with the Elf once more. The Watchers stood by while the slaves were gathered and left the Factory to go to the Castle, under BlazerX’s protection along with her two Golems.

The Party, carrying the Brain-case, left with the Elf and four Watchers toward the edge of the Forest…

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Chapter 39
Who Watches the Watchers?

Investigating the Library, Dasterbolt found a Wizard’s spellbook that seemed to have belonged to the original creator of the demiplane, a man by the name of Muad’dib. Also, there were the ancient notes of an Illithid Scientist who was studying the Heart the Dwarves had discovered beneath the earth ([From the Journal of Dr. Grebdioz]).

It seemed the Illithids had grown a fungus around the Heart and heard dark whispers from it and used translucent worms (“Duskworms”) to propagate the fungus and use it as a way to overthrow and conquer their Dwarven allies.

Bronagh, wearing the Helm of Comprehend Languages was able to understand some of the giant ant’s pleas to be let out and she cast Banishment on it to send it back to whatever plane was its home.

Bronagh and Dasterbolt spoke with Archaius who seemed surprised that Caladhris was in the stained glass depictions of ancient events. He surmised that she must not be truly an Elf, but rather a Fey creature. They also discussed Dasterbolt’s victory and achievement, and Archaius found himself yelling that he hadn’t lost his memory but he didn’t know who he was. Bronagh offered to help Archaius by using one of her spells to reveal lore about the mysterious box, once they were safe to do so.

After a rest, the strike team set out to destroy the Watchers and Golems that still guarded the slaves on the Plains and in the Factory. While approaching, something seemed to snap in the Watchers and they began behaving erratically, attacking and eating some of the slaves, while the Golems, which were controlled by amulets held by the Watchers, also attacked the slaves. Amidst the chaos, the party sought to protect the slaves and defeat the abominations.

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Chapter 38
A Mind Overthrown

The Party and their strike team defeated the forest abominations and continued on their journey, reaching the forest edge, where they could see the Illithid’s fortress/laboratory. Dasterbolt melted a way through the laboratory wall, so that they could enter in the side-way. Once inside, the strike team fought several Watchers and the Illithid Master himself, Sthalut. The Illithid was eventually defeated, Dasterbolt driving an animated coin through his skull.

The battle over, the party began to investigate the lab. They found that the Couatl, Lein-ahmik was within a cage, and it seemed he had been tortured and experimented on. There were notes about researching for fungal resistances in ants, and even giant ants, with one living within a cage. There was also a mysterious sealed case.

While recovering, Dasterbolt investigated the Library, but was momentarily detained by a magic trap left by the Illithid.

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The Story So Far... Part 2
2017 Adventures Summarized

The Party confronted Cathartes within the ruins of the Elf city of Anfail. The powerful Fey Lord explained that he was the manifestation of a dream of Paulthor and Vannan’s child. Paulthor and Vannan were Elves in ancient times, said to have introduced the powerful magic into the Weirwood and the bloodline of Elves. They had wished to see the Gods, and tear down the Barriers between them, and it is the reason Cathartes was seeking this same outcome. He referred to the child as “the Destroyer of Worlds”.

After this victory, the group went their separate ways. Erdan was the Elder in Shammah’s village, Anfail, before its fall into disease and ruin. He was partly responsible for Cathartes’ presence and influence in the world, and he decided to leave and see more of the world, and contemplate the possibility of redemption.

Ramas Uthrakt, Shammah’s mentor and the leader of the Blood Hunters in the region, elected to stay and study the tear with the other Blood Hunters, hoping to find some way to repair the rift that leaked the Feywild into the ruins, and allowed Cathartes to walk within the Material Plane.

Albinon St. Clair left the group, and was not seen by them again, deciding that he needed to go his own way.

Dasterbolt, Bronagh and Shammah met with Archaius in Thesselmar and he told them he would not be around for a long time. He was seeking the journal of Brynioth, the mate of Lagiocrys, Seeker of Secrets within the Archives of the Dragonborn.

During this parting, the group convinced Archaius to submit to questions within a Zone of Truth. His answers to some were: “I do not know what I am. I thought I was a Dragonborn but there are subtle differences that only Dragonborn noticed.”
“I was raised far from civilization. I do not wish to speak of my mother.”
“I am 293 years old.”

The three companions split up for several weeks, before they were sent a letter by Brammyl Bolbrew to attend the Midsummer Festival in Nost.

Before the festival began, the three companions brought the blade Reaver to the Temple of Savras. It was there that they learned of a Prophecy about the End of the World in which the Priestess believed Reaver featured.

During the festivities, the party stumbled upon a Copper Dragon’s lair, complete with a wand of Wonder, Nicholas Prison and Metagaming.

After this adventure the party set off for the Howling Spire, to speak with Lein-Ahmik, the Couatl they had spoken to before when seeking the Helm of the Horde. The creature had few answers, but instead pointed them in the direction of a powerful Being named Faelivir, that lived within a sacred place further East and North. He also mentioned that he foresaw his own death and that Faelivir could take his place guarding the North-Gate, against the Darkness Below, a Nightmare created or found by the Dwarves and Illithids of Gulinzharia.

In order to reach the Tapuravale where Faelivir resided, the party needed to appease the Taurens, with Trials of the North. During the Trial of Community, in which the party was tasked with hunting a taniwha-Mammoth, they stumbled upon hatching Remorhaz larvae. The creatures emerged from beneath the ground and in the ensuing battle Bronagh fell and was killed. Just as she died, her pet Iven revealed himself to be a gigantic Silver Dragon named Ecthelion, Guardian of Mielikki. Ecthelion took Bronagh’s body to the Tauren village, where a Priest was found to perform the Resurrection Ritual.

Bronagh was brought back to life, and the group slept restlessly that night, receiving a dream from the Couatl of his demise. “There is no time. She comes for me.” Spurred on, the party completed the Trials and set off for Tapuravale. Their last obstacle came while crossing the ice sheet to reach the sacred isle. The Leviathan struck from beneath the frozen water and destroyed the Orcs that had joined them. Shammah was swallowed whole and brought down into the icy depths of the frigid seas to his end.

Disheartened at their loss, Dasterbolt and Bronagh reached the isle formed of an ancient reef, within which Faelivir resided. She met with them and Bronagh and Dasterbolt convinced the Being to leave her home, the place she guarded against death and darkness to go to the Howling Spire and give them aid. She took them to the Spire and they found there the symbol of the Nameless God, and the words written in the Couatl’s blood: “A New World is Coming.”

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Chapter 37
Noor Bommelton

After tying and gagging BlazerX, the party rested within the Weirwood. Bronagh managed to clear BlazerX of her memory-modification, which revealed that her real name was Gurta Bommelton and that she was Dasterbolt’s sister. Dasterbolt found out that his real name was Noor and that he was born into slavery under the rule of an Illithid Master in a demiplane. His parents had fought against the Illithid (whose name was Sthalut) and their minds were broken beneath his psychic assault. Other Gnomes and members of other races were still enslaved within the demiplane by the Illithid, but Noor had found some way to escape by secretly reading texts within the Illithid’s Library. When he did escape, the Illithid tried to stop him, causing the spell to scatter Noor’s journal pages and Noor’s memory.
The party decided they needed to gather allies to go try to defeat Sthalut and free the slaves from his rule. They received help from Ramas, and the Blood Hunters Morgan and Tessel, the three of them would meet the party in Solenar at the Troll and Toad.
Bronagh also contacted Archaius, who agreed to meet them there, though he did say it would take him a while to get to the tavern. Dasterbolt recruited a member of the Society, a dwarf rogue named Vonana.
While preparing in Solenar, Carrion warned that they needed to be sure this was the right course of action, since the quest they were currently pursuing seemed more pressing to himself. The others disagreed, preparing for a strike into the Illithid’s demiplane.
Dasterbolt met with Meilan and found that she was not interested in his romantic advances. His heart was broken, and he bought another cake which he shared with Bronagh.
Carrion met with Barabbas in Solenar, and they spoke about his wish to not kill the Heroes of Nost that he was traveling with. He showed Barabbas Kelemvor’s Soul-cutter and said that he would ensure that word of Reaver’s existence and whereabouts would be kept quiet while he traveled with them. Barabbas agreed to let their clients know that a shadow was watching the group, ready to maintain their silence without bloodshed, for now.
Bronagh communed with Mielikki and researched what she could about Illithids, but it was difficult to find much of worth, as they are a dead race to most and only very old tales are left about them. It seems a solitary Illithid was strange, and that Illithids were considered very intelligent and knowledge-driven. As for the Demiplane, it seemed to not be of legendary importance, but she found that demiplanes have been known to be constructed or founded by very powerful magic-users.
Archaius, last to arrive, met with Bronagh and Dasterbolt privately. He told them he had learned more about the Everlock on the cube that Dasterbolt had handed to him. It needed to be presented specific circumstances in order to be opened, and usually that included a phrase or password as well. He had researched the love of Lagiocrys, Seeker of Secrets. Her name was Brynioth, Giver of Knowledge, and she fell ill while Lagiocrys was on a quest. When Lagiocrys received the message that she was dying, he hurried to her side. But he arrived back too late to see her, and he mourned and lamented her passing. Archaius expressed his excitement that he was uncovering the story and his belief that it was all connected somehow.
Having gathered their team, the nine people locked hands and Dasterbolt cast the spell that would transport them to another plane.
In a flash they were there, appearing in a forest as a large multi-coloured snail with five tentacles slid toward them and many-tentacled levitating brain-creatures descended from the trees above.
They had entered the Illithid’s demiplane, and its abominations were hungry.

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Chapter 36
BlazerX and the Mark of Mystery

Staying with Bronagh’s family for a couple of nights, the Party dealt with some loose ends. Bronagh met with Liam and her brother, showed her a mysterious ore vein found beneath the city of Thesselmar. The vein seemed to lead off SouthWest towards Ulduar, the mountain of their ancestors. The ore itself possessed amazing properties in weapon and armor making, and they were calling it Folgrimore.

Dasterbolt met with a botanist who agreed to watch his Serpent egg until it hatched for a fee.
Carrion tried to pawn off some items in town.

Dasterbolt and Bronagh read the letters sent to them by Ramas Uthrakt and Archaius Noctivagan. Ramas had requested to meet with Dasterbolt within the Weirwood, in the ruins of Anfail where they had fought and defeated Cathartes.

As the Party was setting out for the Weirwood, they spotted a female Gnome with the same mark as Dasterbolt’s shoulder, upon her forehead. They spoke with the Gnome who called herself BlazerX and after some prying they found out that she did not have memory beyond a certain point in the recent past, much like Dasterbolt himself.

She tried to cast a spell via a scroll but was unsuccessful. When asked she seemed to deny that she had done it, and avoided any scrutiny about the fact. She also tried to cast a few more spells which were summarily dealt with before she came along with the Party to Anfail.

Before reaching the ruins, Carrion spotted several watchmen in the trees, that had similar weapons as Ramas, and so the Party continued forward. Within the clearing, Ramas confronted Dasterbolt and asked for his participation in a ritual to determine his home plane. Ramas seemed adamant about the ritual, and firm about the possibility of danger from Dasterbolt. After performing the blood ritual, involving cutting Dasterbolt’s hand, the Blood Hunters determined that Dasterbolt was not born on the Material Plane or the Feywild.

Before further details could be interpreted, Dasterbolt spoke with his friends and BlazerX got Dasterbolt to walk away where she tried to cast spells on him again. Carrion stabbed the female Gnome and Bronagh knocked her unconscious with her staff.

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Chapter 35
Shakhath

After defeating the Demon doorway, the party ventured into the deepest level of the Dragons’ Lair in the swamps of the Abyssal Waste. Reaching Barkhad’s Lair, they were confronted by a swarm of demon-flies that called itself Legion. The demon-swarm blocked the path to the body of Shakhath and surged forward to consume the party.

Blinded and deafened within the swarm, the group struggled to free themselves from the biting flies. Carrion wounded many flies, and set some on fire, while Bronagh projected spiritual guardians to protect them and Dasterbolt also set some ablaze. But the cloud of flies fell upon Dasterbolt and brought him to the stone floor, and killed him.

Using the strength granted to her from the Stone Giant Armor, Bronagh picked up Dasterbolt’s body and fled the room, yelling to Carrion to get out of there. Bronagh and Carrion managed to defeat the last swarms of flies, using everything at their disposal. They found an alcove, and Bronagh began to prepare a ritual spell to bring Dasterbolt back to life.

The spectral form of Shakhath, freed from his entrapment beneath the demon Legion, met up with them and participated in the ritual, along with Carrion and Bronagh. The Resurrection was a success, and Dasterbolt’s soul returned to his body.

Shakhath told the group of his belief, along with the information given to him by Kelemvor, God of Death. He had found a shrine defaced with the symbol of the Nameless God, and the words “O Death, you have lost your hold”, and believed that the Nameless God was not entirely destroyed and was somehow returning.

He blessed the party and they looted some items from Barkhad’s hoard, before an army of Kobolds arrived led by Eadoo. The Kobold had played the dragons against each other, and the party was in the middle, slaying dragon-loyal Kobolds and clearing out traps and demons. The party began to fly over, creating distractions with summoned Worgs, when a dragon returned to the lair: Barkhad the Gorger himself, injured but still alive and furious at his betrayal.

In the chaos, Shakhath levitated the party and flung them and himself down the passage away from the battle. They flew to the Kenku in the Abyssal Waste before Shakhath left them for the Howling Spire to meet with Faelivir.

The party made a deal with the Kenku, to group them with Lohikaarme the Stone Giant, and send them to the Mountains where Dasterbolt would eventually build them a stone nest-fortress. For now, they had the protection of Lohikaarme and the Stone Giant had guides through the bewildering surface world.

The party returned to Thesselmar and gathered their various animals, having freed the first Guardian and sent him to Faelivir, and escaped themselves from the burning mists and fetid swamps of the Abyssal Waste.

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Chapter 34
The Scary Door

The party entered the next layer of castles beneath the swamp, still searching for Shakhath. They encountered Kobold squads that were highly zealous in their defense of Barkhad’s lair. During their decimation of the Kobolds, they were able to convince one to be their guide in exchange for his life: Gernerk. The Kobold led them through the castle (past a Swamptopus and lots of mould) to a room where Illfang and another Kobold squad were. The party easily defeated Illfang and the others, leaving yet another Kobold left alive: Jearda.

Bronagh used her crystal ball to scry upon Shakhath and found what looked like his corpse lying next to other bodies. There were numerous cuts that were old along his pallid flesh, and a droning humming sound filled her senses.

The Kobolds told the group about the door they would need to pass through to reach Barkhad’s Lair proper. It was a door that only allowed people with permission to pass, and could hurt your mind. The party tried to investigate with Carrion’s raven but the raven’s life was snuffed out by a floating ghost hand projected by the door.

When confronting the door, Dasterbolt told a joke while dancing and Carrion told a joke while just standing there. Then Bronagh was asked to spit upon the Holy Symbol of Mielikki. Bronagh refused, and the door assaulted Carrion’s mind. Vines erupted around the party, but Bronagh banished the demon to the Hells from whence it came.

They were now ready to head to the lowest level of the Castles in the Swamp.

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Chapter 33
Kleptes the Necromancer

The Party defeated more skeletons and zombies and explored further the Level below Danuka’s surface Castle. They found Kleptes and defeated the Necromancer and his minions, barely saving the life of Morgan Blath.

The Party then sought to reach the next lower level, and parted ways from Morgan and Tessel. They convinced the Kobold guards to let them past their vigilance and the Felhydra Spawn that they kept with them, and the Party went deeper within the Castles in the Swamp.

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Chapter 32
Castle in the Swamp

The Black Dragon, Danuka, explained her problem: namely, her father Barkhad, the Gorger. Their choice was between journeying beneath the layers of castles in the swamp to act as a distraction and clear out opposition to her new reign, or being killed by her right then and there. The party chose to live, and acquired some provisions from the Kobolds before moving deeper into the castle, to the layer below.

There they encountered dozens of undead, and found two Blood hunters, Morgan and Tessel Blath. The Blood Hunters were tracking a Necromancer named Kleptes, who was a Red Dragonborn within the Castle. After fighting their way through several rooms and corridors they opened a door into a larger chamber filled with more Undead and prepared for battle once more.

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