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NIGHTWICK ABBEY: The Purple Eater of People Session 85

Previously in Nightwick...

This week's adventurers:

Blossom (Rogue 6)
Mechtilde (Fighter 5)
Mayfly (Magician 5)
Liminal Space (Changeling 4)
Krupe (Cleric 3)
Thekla (Magician 1)


With a "smaller" party of 6, the group decided to hire on two woodsmen and one too-pleasant peasant. The two woodsmen are hired to occupy the front lines to carry Mechtilde's tower shields. And the too-pleasant peasant will be our link-light. Assman (Fighter 1) joins as well.


THE EVER-SHIFTING ABBEY: The party's first challenge is not from the creatures in the Abbey, but the Abbey itself! After stepping through the 3rd level mausoleum doors, the sunlight that normally filters in is cut off. Instead when the party looks back the exit out is instead another hallway. "Damn." The party decides to do a recon of the surrounding area just to get a better sense of the extent of the reorientation (PC NOTE: This was due to some last-minute cleric casting to save the party during their last delve).

CRYPT OF THE GUARDIAN STATUES: The party realizes they are in a familiar room that once contained two animated stone statues, now destroyed, but the dungeon section leads somewhere else when moving west. The goal is still to find (1) pieces of the golden skeleton and (2) steal the crown of Valax. The party heads south and finds themselves again in familiar territory: two double doors lead to a large room where they once roasted several cultists. Good news! The party decides to gamble and turn east to see if the rest of the dungeon has remained the same.

STAIRS TO LEVEL 4: Through ossuaries, the party crawls and finds themselves back in front of the entrance to level 4- huzzah! It would have been terrible to lose knowledge of that entrance. With a little more treasure hunting in the adjacent ossuaries, the party finds their first objective- a golden right arm! Now we have another piece of the golden skeleton to Mayfly's delight and the rest of the party's general unease.

HALL OF SINNERS: The party travels a little further east and hits a "T" junction that might indicate they are close to their goal. They travel through a south door and enter a room covered in murals. Most of the party has been here before, however, with Mayfly in tow they notice a new image on the wall. The party is treated to a scene where Mayfly is being handed a rat with a human-looking face.

Liminal: Oh! Let's test the potion of Rat Control that Halfdan gave us!

Mayfly: NO! <slaps the potion to the ground shattering it> NEVER DO THAT!

Rest of the Party: ...

Mayfly: ...anyways...um...nothing to see here we should move on...

The party turns south and moves through another familiar room with a well-worn path leading west and knows that by moving southward it should be the chamber of Valax.

THE CHAMBER OF VALAX: The party listens at the door and hears a beckoning. The party kicks open the door to reveal a small chamber containing a hovering statue, with green-floating eyes, and a floating crown. Blossom checks for traps and finding none, the party proceeds forward with confidence. 

Liminal is the first to cross the threshold only to have the Abbey floor open up beneath him! Landing hard (PC NOTE: 12 dmg!), our changing is then met with gushing blood at the bottom- the party scrambles to throw him a rope just in time. Laughter can be heard coming from the statue which heralds a swarm of scarabs- the party retreats, Mayfly casts Fireball (PC NOTE: 24 dmg) and Mechtile quickly dispatches the rest. More laughter from the statue.

The party ponders how to cross the pit and get back quickly. Luckily, Mechtile has had two hirelings carry tower shields the whole time through this delve and the party constructs a bridge involving the shields, 10-foot poles, and blood-soaked rope. The party crosses the pit, snatches the crown, and retreats as alarmed cultists come through the eastern door!


The net total for this session is: 554xp each & 400sp each (which includes collected silver coins and the crown).

Nothing really to do with this delve,
but just want to show off my miniature efforts

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