After the Summoning Wars

Session 33

Sacrifices and Looming Evils

  • The fight continues!
  • Ursum and Thomas continue their ranged attacks against the newly visible half-fiends
  • The bralani joins in with her composite holy longbow (though she takes penalties due to her strength damage)
  • The construct charges Imperious, striking him surprisingly hard with its two-bladed sword
  • One of the half-fiends launches a fireball at Imperious, Newton, and the bralani.
  • The other half-fiend charges Ursum with his greataxe.
  • Newton casts offensively at the construct, but fails to overcome its spell resistance.
  • Imperious summons a dire wolf to distract the construct, but it remains focused on him
  • Ursum tries to utilize her woodland stride to outmanouver the half-fiend fighter, but he matches her thanks to his continued flight
  • She, Thomas, and the bralani finish off the flying warmage before she can attack again
  • The construct, though, knocks Imperious unconscious with a powerful full-attack, and nearly drops the bralani with follow-up attacks
  • Newton rushes to assist Ursum while the bralani flees to safer position and Thomas tries to move close enough to make use of his thrown blade
  • The half-fiend fighter turns and attacks Newton, and the construct flanks him, knocking him unconscious
  • Ursum manages to strike the killing blow against the half-fiend fighter, but the construct turns its attention to her next
  • Thomas and the bralani are unable to even hit the construct, as its armor is shockingly high
  • It easily dispatches Imperious’ summoned dire wolf, which had done little to harry the construct
  • Thomas moves to Imperious and pours a cure potion down his throat just as the construct drops Ursum
  • Imperious casts invisibility on himself and tries to determine how to engage the construct
  • The construct looks in his direction and speaks:
    • It points to Newton and says “Newton”
    • It points to Ursum and says “Jenny”
    • It points in Imperious’ general direction and says “Imperious”
    • “Where are Thomas and Bee?”
  • Meanwhile, it displays further magical proclivity by casting a repair spell on itself
  • Thinking quick and realizing Thomas was still well-hidden, Imperious half-lies, claiming they were both captured and killed by the Crimson Fist.
  • The Construct demands he show himself, surrender and call off his bralani
  • Imperious tell the bralani to stop attacking and tries to begin negotiations. He remains invisible, though, knowing it’s his only defense
  • The construct shows it’s serious by killing the unconscious Ursum at its feet
  • It begins moving towards Newton, so Imperious dispels the invisibility and surrenders
  • The construct charges him and knocks him unconscious again with a single strike
  • It continues to watch the bralani suspiciously as it gathers the unconscious bodies of Newton and Imparious
  • The bralani and Thomas realize they’re little match against the construct at the moment, and decide to see what it does
  • As some hippogriff riders appear coming from the East, the construct flies away with the two prisoners
  • The bralani returns to the hill and asks if Thomas is still there and he steps out for her to see
  • The two try to formulate a plan, but they have no idea how to defeat the construct
  • The decision, then, is to follow it until they get the opportunity to free their companions
  • Thomas takes this time to actually meet the bralani for the first time. She introduces herself as Delaria.
  • She and Thomas take a quick liking to one another, and she vows to help save Newton
  • Meanwhile, Newton awakens bound with the construct dominating his vision. His gear has been removed
  • The construct begins interrogating him.
  • It asks who leads the refugees. When Newton refuses to answer, it breaks his right leg above the knee.
  • Newton then lies by claiming Prince Wayal is the leader. The construct sees through the lie and rips his leg off.
  • When Newton regains consciousness, it asks once more, and Newton half-lies by claiming there are competing factions.
  • This seems to satisfy the construct, so it asks if Imperious indeed speaks for the refugees.
  • Newton confirms this, and the construct knocks him unconscious again.
  • After some hiking, Thomas and Delaria reach a wooded area, finding shelter just as some hippogriff-riders fly by, scanning the area
  • They continue into the forest, and find a dire bear feasting on a human leg. Thomas fears the worst, but they sneak past it and follow the sound of voices
  • Thomas sneaks further ahead to find a terrible scene: Newton hangs upsidedown by one leg, with the other severed
  • The construct holds its terrible two-bladed sword to his neck, and Imperious is tied to a tree nearby.
  • The construct seems to be in the end of some interrogation:
    • Construct: “Which of the two would you say is the leader, if forced to choose?”
    • Imperious: “Aulara.”
    • Construct: “Then here is my commander’s proposal: you will surrender the one Fierna, and the rest will be given safe passage to elven lands.”
    • Imperious: “I will need to be freed in order to give this message.”
    • Construct: “And so you shall. Newton will be freed when the Fire Maiden is surrendered.”
  • The construct cuts Imperious free, and he teleports away.
  • The construct takes Newton and continues West. Thomas watches a bit longer, and spots a half-fiend shadowing the behemoth.
  • He returns to Delaria and reports the occurance.
  • She thinks about what this means for her agreement with Imperious, and decides that saving Newton will make negotiations easier, and agrees to continue to help Thomas.
  • Thomas despairs that there seems to be no way to defeat the construct when JouJou appears unexpectedly.
  • She motions for Thomas to follow her, which he does.
  • He and Delaria come upon Prince Wayal, standing amongst the slain bodies of two hobgoblins and a hippogriff
  • Prince Wayal boasts in his usual fashion and claims to have come to their rescue, as JouJou and Cyrus determined they were botching the operation
  • When Thomas explains the situation, the four set off after the construct, though with less subtlety now with Prince Wayal invovled
  • They come to a clearing with a very small encampement by the river.
  • They spot the construct and half-fiend making their way to the tents with Newton
  • The tents themselves are home to yet more hippogriff riders and some hobgoblins
  • Before any plan can be made, Prince Wayal catches the attention of the combatants below, prompting the flying cavalry to set out after him.
  • He and JouJou take to the air and begin battle.
  • Delaria focuses on striking the half-fiend, and Thomas does his best to sneak down the river-side toward the encampment
  • One mistake, though, causes him to reveal himself to the construct and the archers in the camp
  • They begin attacking, but Thomas manages to hide with the aid of a smoke stick
  • He shrouds the small camp in yet more smoke and tries to sneak in
  • One of the hobgoblins holds a knife to Newton’s throat, preparing to cou de grace him if there’s too much trouble
  • Meanwhile, the construct begins to close in on Thomas, and the half-fiend directly engages Delaria
  • Thomas manages to feed a cure potion to Newton, but with him still tied up, the hobgoblin manages to successfully coup de grace him.
  • OR DID IT??
  • Newton feels a horrible strength within him, promising him life if he kills for it
  • Despite knowing this is the astral bodak, he chooses life
  • Newton breaks free of his bonds as Thomas begins cutting down as many hobgoblins as he can
  • Newton hits several with a flame strike, killing them and damaging the construct
  • By this time, Prince Wayal and JouJou had finished killing off the mounted combatants and were moving in to attack the ground archers
  • The two had only taken minor scratches up to this point, but one of the archers lands a solid hit on the Prince, and he begins to act irregularly
  • At first, he attacks as would be expected, but then he begins babbling incoherently
  • JouJou, seeing only the construct seems to remain, attacks it head on.
  • Newton, still under this compulsion to end life, and fearing hurting Thomas, strikes the construct and JouJou with a shower of ice spikes
  • The construct lands yet another solid blow on the prone cleric, knocking him unconscious yet again
  • JouJou lands the final blow on the construct, destroying it once and for all
  • Thomas rushes to feed Newton his last cure potion. As he does so, he notices the half-fiend fleeing from the combat
  • Fearing the worst for Delaria, he runs back to the treeline
  • Meanwhile, Prince Wayal begins attacking JouJou in his strange bout of insanity
  • She grapples him, and the two tussle for a short time before he finally calms down
  • Thomas reaches Delaria to find that the half-fiend managed to overcome her, and her body fades into the ground
  • What remains of the party regroups and prepares to head back to the refugees, shortly after collecting what they can (including Newton’s gear)
  • Thomas straps Newton to one of the comandeered hippogriffs, and the four companions fly North to meet with the others.
  • As they arrive, they learn that the column has once again been halted in their absence, this time due to a large group of undead
  • Newton immediately blames the Corpsecrafter
  • They learn that Imperious has passed the construct’s offer on to Aulara and Fierna, and that Fierna has already set out to surrender herself
  • Thomas insists that it’s foolish and the half-fiend commander will go back on her word, but Aulara believes it may be the only way to avoid further bloodshed
  • The refugees encamp for the night, but Thomas is called over by one of the guards
  • He watches as a mounted figure makes its way towards the encampment from the direction of the threatening undead creatures
  • He has Newton awakened along with the few clerics in amongst the group while he sneaks out to get a better look at this visitor
  • As it draws close, he recognizes the rider as Jenny, though clearly quite the worse for the wear.
  • She rides atop a hideous undead mount, though it seems to be under her control
  • He calls out to her as she passes, and she falls from the saddle
  • He and Newton (once again strapped to his own mount) rush to her side
  • She is alive, but clearly badly wounded.
  • Newton does what he can with his few remaining spells to cure her wounds and ability damage, though she remains terribly exhausted
  • She claims Horresbin is leading this contingent of undead, though she believes it’s under Craddock’s orders.
  • Newton destroys the undead steed, despite Jenny’s effort to simply send it away
  • The session ends as Jenny is sent off to sleep, leaving the fate of the refugees still unknown…

Comments

jdaily1 jdaily1

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.