Aether-Fall

Whispers of the Abyss
Chapter 3.8


Whispers of the Abyss

Encounters
  • On the trail of Votto
  • Shrine to Baphomet
  • Trials of the Restless Dead
Experience
  • 2300 Total this session (460 each)
  • 8440 / 10000 until level 7

In attendance: Appleseed, Shalduan, Spoony, Tabull, Votto

Following the trail left by Votto’s captors, the party finds themselves standing before an ancient temple that towers above the minotaur ruins. As they cautiously make their way through the interior they discover traces of recent combat, and the body count only increases as they continue onward.

In a room strewn about with dead gnolls – their throats neatly slit by precision bladework – the party sees the familiar form of Votto, lying prone on the floor. As they approach, a quiet voice hails them from the darkness of the room: “You aren’t here to hurt…Fralben are you?”

Votto comes to, explaining to the party his rescue by the drow elf ‘Shalduan’, and that the drow is under the impression that Votto is a subordinate of his named ‘Fralben’. Following Shalduan’s lead through the temple complex, they swiftly eliminate a group of tieflings and a demonically warped Gnoll priestess, obtaining a strange tome titled, “The Book of Wrath Unveiled,” which radiates powerful magical energy.

Continuing onward into the temple, the party is repeatedly accosted by ghostly minotaur spirits and nightmarish visions that threaten their sanity, though their newfound drow companion remains oddly undisturbed. Appleseed speculates on the presence of such apparitions, and the possibility of a weak boundary here between the other planes. They come across a group of spirits who call themselves the Restless Dead, that offer aid to the party – should they prove themselves worthy.

Impressed by Tabull’s gruesome trophies from their fight with a monstrous carrion crawler, and judging the party members to be both good of heart and keenly insightful, they agree to help the party. Referring to the area as the ‘Proving Grounds’ for ancient Baphomet acolytes, the ghostly figures begin to impart their knowledge of the area to the party.

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The Search for the Missing Slaves
Chapter 3.7


The Search for the Missing Slaves

Encounters
  • Meeting Tabull / Carrion Crawler Ambush
  • Boneyard / Elder Carrion Crawler
  • Terrlen Darkseeker’s Campsite
  • Rothar’s Taproom Live Performance
  • A Mysterious Note / Votto’s Disappearance
Experience
  • 3547 Total this session (709 each)
  • 7980 / 10000 until level 7
Treasure
  • Tangler, Boots of Eagerness, Handy Haversack, Netherdark Light Shield

In attendance: Appleseed, Calibretto, Spoony, Tabull, Votto

After clearing out the Duergar of the Horned Hold, the party’s search for the missing slaves leads them straight into the lair of an enormous carrion crawler. Though they suffer many wounds in the process, they are able to slay the beast with the aid of a traveling bullywug swordmage named ‘Tabull’.

Although they find the remains of the Duergar that fled the Hold, they uncover no leads as to the whereabouts of the missing slaves. On their way back to the Seven Pillared Hall, the party meets up with Three who tells them that the villagers and the rest of the party were separated during an attack by carrion crawlers on their campsite.

The remaining party members head back into town to gather information, and Votto investigates a lead. Unbeknown to the party, the lead turns out to be an ambush and Votto is knocked unconscious by his assailants and dragged away from town. The rest of the party eventually discovers evidence of foul play, though Votto and his captors are long gone. Searching further beyond the outskirts of town, Appleseed and Spoony are able to pick up traces of magical energy in the air, and the party sets out in search of their gnome companion.

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Assault on the Horned Hold (Part 2)
Chapter 3.6


Assault on the Horned Hold (Part 2)

Encounters
  • Escaping the Pits
  • Haunted Shrine to Baphomet
Experience
  • 2800 Total this session (560 each)
  • 7271 / 7500 until level 6
Treasure
  • In attendance: Amn, Appleseed, Calibretto, Spoony, Three
  • Amulet of Health +2
  • Flaming Maul +2
  • Onyx Dog
  • Glaive of Aftershock +2
  • Various minotaur relics and statuettes

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Assault on the Horned Hold (Part 1)
Chapter 3.5


Assault on the Horned Hold (Part 1)

Encounters
  • Bridgeroom Guard Post
  • Northern Gate Barracks
  • The Slave Pits
  • Information gathering: Elzaphan, Emily, and Tommen, The Kamroths
Experience
  • 3275 Total this session (818 each)
  • 6711 / 7500 until level 6
Quests
  • Secondary
    • Find the missing slaves.
    • Escort the slaves back to Tarsil or the King’s Forest.
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Further Into the Depths
Chapter 3.4


Further Into the Depths

Encounters
  • The Mages of Saruun
  • Rothar’s Taproom
  • Ettercap Colony
  • Scaling the Cliffs
  • Gaining Entry to the Horned Hold
Experience
  • 1575 Total this session (393 each)
  • 5893 / 7500 until level 6
Quests
  • Primary
    • Discover what has happened to Paldemar and the other missing mages of Saruun. (Orontor, Thunderspire)
    • Establishing a trade route to the Underdark. (Gendar, Thunderspire)
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The Bloodreaver Clan
Chapter 3.3


The Bloodreaver Clan

Encounters
  • The Mess Hall
  • Secret Passages Leading to Nowhere
  • Slayings and Impersonations
  • Warchief Krand
Experience
  • Level 4 – 5
Quests
  • Primary
    • Investigate the link between the Bloodreaver Clan and the Duergar. (Thunderspire)
  • Secondary
    • Meet with the Mages of Saruun.
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The Underground City
Chapter 3.2


The Underground City

Encounters
  • Rescuing Rendil Halfmoon
  • The Halfmoon Inn
  • The Best Drinker in the Underdark
  • The Chamber of Eyes
Experience
  • Level 4
Quests
  • Primary
    • Clear out the Bloodreaver Clan from the lower ruins. (Rendil, Thunderspire Mtn.)
  • Secondary
    • Investigate the strange behavior of the Ordinator Arcanis.
    • Seek out the man named Terrlen Darkseeker.
    • Look for possible ties to the attacks on merchant caravans in the King’s Forest.
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The Relic Merchant
Chapter 3.1


The Relic Merchant

Encounters
  • The Bazaar
  • Lightning Rail Ambush
  • Inn of the Sleeping Dragon
  • Bandits on the Kingsroad
Experience
  • Level 4
Quests
  • Primary
    • Contracted by Tazuul to excavate and recover artifacts of the Last War. (Tazuul, Sharn)
    • Secure the local area of the King’s Forest to open up merchant trade routes once more (Hani, Tarsil)
  • Secondary
    • Discover more information about the tattooed Sharn guardsmen. (Sharn)
    • Investigate rumors of a bandit camp in the King’s Forest. (Tarsil)
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Within Sorrow's Tear
Chapters 2.1 - 2.4


Within Sorrow’s Tear

Encounters
  • Skybridge Ambush
  • Tazuul’s Antiquities
  • Information gathering: Jace Faraday, Dezina Museum
  • Sannid’s: charity banquet for Morgrave University
  • Breaking into the museum
  • Attacked by Xen’Drik Tribesmen
  • History Lesson: The Last War
  • War Council
  • The Vanguard’s Assault
  • War Council: Espionage, Traps, Votto’s Speech
  • Defense of the Plateau
  • War Council: Appleseed’s Titan, Lady Rynn’s Mission
  • Overtaking the Weapons Convoy
  • The Mourning
  • Negotiations with the Ka’resh Tribe
Experience
  • Levels 3 – 4
Treasure
  • Runic Leather Armor +1
  • Sunblade Scimitar +1
Quests
  • Primary
    • Recover the ‘stolen’ artifact. (Tazuul, Sharn)
    • Obtain the magical weapons cache. (Lady Rynn, Sorrow’s Tear)
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The Forgotten Forge
Chapters 1.1 - 1.3


The Forgotten Forge

Encounters
  • Survived the Bridge
  • Information gathering: The Cloud Dragon Inn, Morgrave University, The Broken Anvil Tavern
  • The Rat’s Market
  • Sewers of Dorasharn Tower
  • Door leading to Dorasharn Ruins
  • Dorasharn Ruins
  • Metalhound Sculpture
  • The Creation Forge of House Cannith
  • Lady Elaydren’s Contract
Experience
  • Levels 1-3
Quests
  • Primary
    • Investigate the death of Prof. Bonal Geldem. (Sharn)
    • Retrieve proof the Cannith Creation Forge exists. (Lady Elaydren, Sharn)
  • Secondary
    • Investigate Cutter’s employers within the city.

A detailed account of Chapters 1.1 – 1.3 may be found here.

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