After a bit of discussion, the adventurers decided to trek back to the big city. The party took the remaining three Black Arrows to safety to a temple in Magnimar. Shalelu decided to stay with her stepfather while he recovered. The party proceeded to retrofit and get some items identified. The maps prepared by the Black Arrows were excellent in their construction. The party had all the information they thought they needed to succeed in retaking Fort Rannick. They spotted Ironbottom in a pub while in town, but he was too far wasted to be any help. All he said is that he had “appointments” that he had to take care of.
The party entered the jail, not expecting anything but encountering Lucretia, the lamia matriarch from Magnimar. She failed to escape this time.
Before entering the Fort, Messi set ablaze a fire in the barracks out in the courtyard. The spark was set, and the assault began.
As Messi and Mykel returned from the front door of the keep, after setting an Arcane Lock to slow courtyard ogres, they stumbled upon some ogres. Messi quickly showed his Sihedron Medallion, convincing them that he was looking for the boss. Down the other end of the hall, Val was looking down the hall. As the ogre was “taking them to your leader,” he saw Val and called out to her. She luckily had just taken the other Medallion and promptly showed it to the ogre. This ogre took the trio of adventurers upstairs to the ogre chieftain, opening the door for them to enter. Messi decided it was time for a surprise and the battle ensued.
Mykel used a bunch of scorching rays effectively along with a web spell that worked but also split the party. Messi went down when an expected ogre fighter and the ogre sorceress decided to join the fun. Mykel went down shortly thereafter. Kefkolo called a bunch of lightning down, round after round. Val took a five part magic missile in the head dropping unconscious. Val’s wolf, Wolfenstein, was killed along with Kefkolo’s ape, Alexander. It seemed like every couple of rounds a door would open and another ogre would join the fray.
Downstairs, Var set new armor running records as he kited the ogre fighter around until there was some other party members available to help with the fight. Kefkolo finishes up the fight summoning 2 dire lions that absorbed the damage until Grunt could finish up the fight.
As the party quickly runs dragging the bodies of Mykel and Messi away from Fort Rannick, they pause to think as to what could easily have become a total party kill (TPK), but it wasn’t, due to a couple of last ditch dire lion summons from Kefkolo.
As the party quickly steals away through the tunnels and out into the wilds, they can see the smoke from the fire in the distance. [It appears that six ogres were killed in the making of the barracks fire.]
As the party makes its way back to the hidden horses, Kor (Grunt’s amazing two-handed sword) makes one last shout-out phrase before settling down. “That! was! glorious!” Grunt shrugs in response.
PCs in attendance:
Grunt – half-orc fighter (7) – Blake
Messi – elf rogue (6) – Jerry
Mykel – human wizard (7) – Chris (Jerry played [& had killed, but not until he had killed himself off first])
Var – human cleric (7) – Kendall
Kefkolo – half-elf druid (6) – Kirk
Val – elf ranger (6) – Kevin
Time passed: 18 days
Total game time since campaign start: 94 days
*Experience points per person: 5628 (so long as a PC was in a fight, even if they die, they get the experience points)
Please level up your characters, if due, then send me a copy. Save name as Name Class Level..
? potion (x3) – ogre fighters
? hide shirt (x3) – ogre fighters
? ogre hook (x3) – ogre fighters
? potion (x2) – chief
? ogre hook – chief
? bracers – chief
? belt – chief
? wand – sorceress
? amulet – sorceress
? cloak – sorceress
ogre fighter (5)
lamia matriarch (Lucretia)
shocker lizards (14)
trap – collapsible bridge
Total since start of campaign: 249+
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