After the Summoning Wars

Session 29

Dire Circumstances

  • See Dinner with a Lich for activities before this session.
  • See The Crimson Gloaming for select details from this session.
  • Newton notices the corpse of an illithid in the corpse vault through which Chimmetz is guiding him.
  • He asks about it, and Chimmetz mentions that it “approached” Father Craddock, but does not seem to reveal anything more.
  • When Newton asks more, she takes him to speak to Craddock.
  • Craddock says the illithid wanted something, and his creations were blocking it.
  • He offers to show Newton what it wanted, but they must teleport to their destination.
  • Reluctantly, Newton joins him and Horresbin, while Chimmetz remains behind with Craddock’s cryptic instructions “You know what to do.”
  • They appear on a small balcony within a large, unlit cavern.
  • Below the balcony, hundreds of myriad undead shamble around a hole of utter blackness.
  • Newton guesses this is a portal to the negative energy plane, and Craddock confirms it.
  • Craddock asks Newton some questions about the illithid, indicating he doesn’t seem to know what they are or what they want.
  • He then locks Newton in a bedroom with some Phantom Thief books.
  • Meanwhile, Bee and Thomas continue their journey South toward the Hevenites.
  • They pass through sprawling farmland separated by thick hedgerows. The territory is tended by agrarian plains elves.
  • One farmer warns them of human freeman bandits in the area, but can’t seem to give them any details about how to recognize the bandits, as he only heard rumors.
  • They continue their journey, and come upon an open field with a barn nearby.
  • Bee detects humans had passed through recently, but is unable to determine when
  • As they approach another line of hedgerows, horsemen appear from behind the barn and ride toward them with short bows, seemingly trying to drive them forward.
  • Thomas lays down some smoke as cover, and tells Bee not to run for the hedgerows, as they have obviously set up a trap there.
  • The two prepare to face the horsemen, Bee drawing his bow, and Thomas drawing his crossbow
  • They exit the smoke, and the two sides exchange some arrow fire.
  • One of the horsemen, though, doesn’t fire, but casts a spell, dealing considerable strength damage to Bee.
  • Thomas and Bee begin to suspect these are not normal highway bandits.
  • Thomas set up another smoke screen as the horsemen approach, and prepares to use his soul blade.
  • Bee accidentally drops his bow, but decides the horsemen have gotten close enough for melee combat.
  • He rages into bear form, and charges to gore one of the nearest horsemen.
  • To Bee’s surprise, the horsemen seem unfazed by the transformation, and the cleric shouts “Begin phase two!”
  • All four horsemen turn their horses around, which promptly begin to run up into the air at a 45 degree angle.
  • Bee attempts to strike them, but they quickly rise beyond his range.
  • Thomas throws dagger after dagger, but they maintain sufficient range to make the attack difficult.
  • The archers focus on Bee at first, but switch to Thomas after he kills one of them.
  • The cleric tries to use hold person and calm emotions on Bee, but his will is too strong. He does manage to affect Thomas with doom and a searing light attack, though.
  • Bee, unwilling to give up the AC of his bear form, but also unable to attack his flying opponents, opts to act as a living shield for Thomas.
  • Despite his efforts, though, Thomas is persistently taking damage from the largely unopposed horsemen.
  • The two companions decide to take their chances in the trees, and Thomas bursts his way there well ahead of Bee and the horsemen.
  • Once there, he activates a symbol of pain, and dives into the brush, hoping to hide from the inevitable reinforcements for the horsemen.
  • He drinks a potion of cure serious wounds and hides as best he can
  • Bee arrives shortly thereafter with the flying archers harrying him the entire way, but only spots the horses of the reinforcements.
  • He dives into the brush, but fails to hide from his pursuers. His rage ends, leaving him fatigued.
  • A man rushes out of the brush and thrusts a metallic ball at him, which expands to ensnare him in metal bonds.
  • Bee recognizes the man as Salvation, the leader of the Crimson Fist (see The Fate of Doug Palmer).
  • The remaining warriors arrive or emerge from hiding and surround Bee.
  • Salvation’s second in command asks what to do about “the other one” (Thomas), and Salvation instructs him to “Send out the Wolf Squad”
  • Thomas prepares to strike Salvation from hiding, hoping he can at least kill the leader before the others find and kill him.
  • Before he attacks, though, a disembodied hand emerges near him, beckoning him away from the scene and Bee.
  • Meanwhile, Newton keeps himself busy by reading the Phantom Thief books in his accommodations
  • Father Craddock returns and invites him to dinner.
  • Newton, though hungry, refuses to eat any of his food, but follows him to the dining room anyway.
  • Newton meets yet more hideous creations of Craddock’s, but the real reason for his presence is soon revealed
  • Horresbin enters bearing Calvin’s Sundisk.
  • Craddock claims it was in the possession of the illithid he killed, and offers a deal with Newton:
    • Newton may take the artifact back to Roche, redeeming him as a hero
    • In exchange, he will act as a diplomat for Craddock, by which he will make his presence and intentions known to the world.
    • In order to ensure Newton’s cooperation, Craddock plans to put him through a “ritual”
  • Newton disagrees, citing the fact that anything he says will be discredited by the presence of Craddock’s control.
  • Craddock agrees and offers a different trade: Newton’s first-born son (only to be taken if Newton breaks the agreement)
  • Though Newton knows of no son currently, he cannot be sure, and he is not willing to take the risk, even with a non-existent person, so he refuses again.
  • Newton begins to counter with another proposal, but realizes he’s negotiating his own service to a Lich, and decides not to agree to anything.
  • When they are unable to come to an agreement, Craddock returns Newton to the small bedroom, where the following exchange takes place before Craddock locks him in again:
    • Craddock: What is your intention with Young Jennifer?
    • Newton: Intention? We’re friends, and I intend to keep her safe.
    • Craddock: I’m referring to my gifts to her.
    • Newton: Oh. Well, I was planning to remove them and restore her to her full natural body.
    • Craddock: Then we are in agreement. It will no longer happen.
    • Newton (as Craddock closes and locks the door): What?? Hey!
  • Session Ends.

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