Reign of Winter — Game Session — 042

Game summary for September 12, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Bugbear Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Svala Alehorn (Dwarf Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team talked to Marislova for a bit more and then went to find Jadrenka.  At first, the crone was livid they were with her lover.  After a lot of fast-talking, she agreed to let the team try and find proof that Marislova was framed.  Their best guess was Caigreal was involved, and they went looking for her.  They found the hag down deep beneath the shrine of Mestama along with another frost giant and a green hag.  The hags used invisibility to buy time and make surprise attacks.  Meanwhile, the party tore into the frost giant.  In particular, Ten-Penny and Kenwrec dealt some terrific damage.  The giant critically hit Ten-Penny, and she only remained on her feet due to her orc ferocity.  Greta cut down the giant as All Might began charging the annis hag, Caigreal.  Deska cast call lightning storm and blasted the green hag.  Svala and Tulvur charged in laying waste as Denessia began smiting and firing her pistol.  Soon, the green hag died, and only Caigreal remained.  She was unable to escape their clutches, and the team defeated her.

Greta cut off her head, and the team returned to Jadrenka.  Using speak with dead, Magnus was able to get the severed head to confess being involved in a plot to frame Marislova.  Jadrenka and Marislova tearfully reunited.  In gratitude, Jadrenka gave the team a gold nugget she said is one of the keys from Baba Yaga.  She warned them the centaur cleric was ahead of them down in the Eon Pit claiming the second key!

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 041

Game summary for September 5, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The party opened the first door leading out of the temple and ascended a flight of steps until they reached a door.  Ten-Penny picked the lock, and the team entered a roundish room with a stairway spiraling up into the darkness.  Below the landing lay a wooden grate over a pool of congealed blood.  Ten-Penny used a wand to cast levitate on everyone as a precaution, and the group moved up the stairs into a larger room high above.  There they were attacked by a pair of female redcap faeries wearing iron boots and swinging massive scythes!  The redcaps hit with deadly blows, but they were fairly inaccurate.  The group was able to get up into the room and focus attacks on each individually.  Ten-Penny scored a sneak attack on one and caused it to bleed profusely, eventually slaying it.  Denessia used smite evil and scored a critical hit with her divine bound pistol, shooting the remaining redcap dead.  Greta used her spells to heal the party.

The group ascended a ladder and emerged through a trapdoor into a hallway.  They followed the hallway around 700 feet to a door.  Ten-Penny picked the lock, and they discovered a huge room open to the outside with snow blowing in.  Two andrazku demons and a frost giant attacked!  Greta blessed the party and moved in toward the giant with glee.  One of the andrazku activated righteous might while Ten-Penny disappeared using a potion of invisibility.  Denessia slipped in and activated her smite evil against the enlarged demon.  The other andrazku tried to summon more andrazku from the Abyss but failed.  Enraged, it came crashing into the fray.  The frost giant charged Greta and hit her with a devastating blow knocking her back against the wall.  She laughed and painted her face with her own blood and threw herself at the giant, hacking away with her own axe.  After a barrage, she sank her axe in the giant’s chest, wobbling but not killing it.  Ten-Penny appeared behind the giant and used sneak attack to injury and bloody the monster.  The giant got several horrific blows on Ten-Penny before it bled out from the wounds she had inflicted upon it earlier.  With one demon remaining, the team changed tactics.  Greta took the lead with Denessia healing Ten-Penny.  The rogue then slipped around into a flank and helped Greta devastate the last demon.  It fell dead, and Greta began another bloody ritual while defiling the giant’s corpse.  The group discovered the view outside was from the hand of the Mother.  They could see the Maiden and Crone on either side.  They deduced somehow they had magically traveled to the other statue because they had not physically moved far enough.

Next the team went back down the hallway and found another door.  It too was locked, and Ten-Penny picked it.  Within the lavish room they found an attractive young half-elf named Marislova.  At first she accused them of being someone named Jadrenka.  After some discussion, they found that Marislova and Jadrenka are lovers and Jadrenka believes Marislova has cheated on her with the nymph, Kyrisjana.  She loudly proclaimed her innocence and told them Jadrenka had locked her in here.  The more the group talked, the more confused Marislova became and she actually became concerned about Jadrenka’s well-being.  Finally, they realized they had met Jadrenka in the “corn room”, and she keeps giving them keys.  Marislova told them she is the Warden of Artrosa.  She was also able to tell them about a coven of hags that Jadrenka often has power struggles with inside Artrosa.  She learned from the party that Kyrisjana had been slain but that giants and demons were roaming the complex.  Marislova told them they needed to go to the “corn room” to check on Jadrenka.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 040

Game summary for August 29, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Bugbear Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Svala Alehorn (Dwarf Unchained Barbarian played by Todd Hughes), Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team decided to see what the prison-looking area scrawled on their map actually was.  They found it was actually a large tomb with ten sealed burial caves blocked by carved stones.  Deska and Magnus were able to detect necromantic magic.  All Might muscled one of the doors open and triggered a trap!  He seemed to shake it off, but disturbing the grave brought forth two barbarian ghosts!  The mere sight of the creatures wracked the party with pain and supernatural aging.  The ghosts floating closer and began thrusting their evil incorporeal hands into the bodies of the party and rending their life forces.  They proved particularly difficult to fight with blades partially passing through them.  Their corrupting gaze continued to wear away on the party who never tried to close their eyes or stare at the floor and not see the ghosts at all.  The team continued to age and suffer to the point Kenwrec collapsed unconscious.  All Might used bless and spiritual weapon to great effect, and Greta found herself desperately trying to keep poor Ten-Penny alive with healing spells.  Deska cast flame strike that dealt some damage, and Magnus channeled positive energy to revitalize his team.  The dwarven warriors engaged, and their shear rage and ferocity wore down the spirits.  Finally, Svala’s enchanted dwarven axe dealt felling blows to both spirits, temporarily discorporating them until they can reform to continue haunting the graves.  The team then nursed their wounds and traveled down a stairwell without exploring the other tombs.

The party entered a large temple dedicated to some kind of hag.  Artifacts used in evil rituals hung all around the room.  Doors led in all different directions.  A terrible flaming witchfire stood in the temple and seemed surprised to see them and not Caigreal.  She asked them about the woman, and the team seemed confused and unable to recall exactly to whom the undead spirit referred.  The witchfire determined they were obviously not supposed to be there and began hurling bolts of witchfire!  Several of the team burst into flame as they tried to close the distance.  The spirit tried to maneuver to keep the team from ganging up on her, but there were too many.  Despite horribly burning several, the spirit was unable to withstand the combined might of the team focused upon her, and she was cut down.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 039

Game summary for August 22, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Bugbear Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

Ten-Penny picked the door lock, and the team entered a cavern stairwell leading into the darkness.  Magnus was able to read a set of runes stating, “As the seasons of life change, so must we sacrifice our past for the wisdom of our winter years.”  Another set of runes stated, “Blessed be the path you are about to walk.  Cling not to what you were, but only to what you shall become.”  He recognized this as part of a witch’s Croning Ritual wherein youth and vitality is given up for the power and wisdom of age.  The group headed down the stairs and triggered a greater glyph of warding which aged all of them instantly!  The felt themselves grow weaker, slower, and less hardy.  Magnus pressed on and triggered glyph after glyph, nearly dying at the bottom of the stairs before a stone door.  Kenwrec tested some theories about how the glyphs worked and ended up terribly cursed with a hideousness so bad even his own companions nearly abandoned him.  Magnus healed himself while Ten-Penny and Kenwrec disabled all the glyphs.

At the bottom of the stairs, Ten-Penny tried to pick the lock.  It opened to reveal the withered crone in the wheat field again!  She again chastised them for being too young, unwise, and weak.  She told them to go back and return later but that the giants and centaur were already ahead of them.  She let them pass through the cornfield and go back “the easy way” as opposed up the stairs where all the terrible glyphs had been.  She also gave them yet another key.

The group circled around and decided to explore some of the passages they had avoided when they first entered.  They found a frost giant cramped in a corridor heading their way.  A fight erupted, and the giant fought as best he could in the close quarters.  He still hit with horrifying power, but he was an easy target.  The team tore into him until he was put down by a clean shot through the skull by Denessia’s pistol.

The team went further down the hallway and found another door.  They heard creatures heading toward them, so they waited in ambush!  Four andrazku demons came crashing out into the ambush and fell victim to divine spells, smite evil, and sneak attack.  The demons tried to teleport in among the party to cause chaos, but they were quickly brought down.  The party explored the room they came from and found a map revealing some additional areas.

Small Adventures — Game Session — 008

Game summary for August 19, 2017, Small Adventures campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Small Timers. Session included: Elsbeth Blackburn (Half-Elf Druid played by Maddy Smalling), Goshik Trakar (Elf Sorcerer/Dragon Disciple played by Jack Smalling), Kyras Sonata (Half-Elf Monk/Rogue played by Noah Smalling), and Reth Steelarm (Half-Orc Fighter/Rogue played by Luke Smalling). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

Tower to the Sky adventure, part 2.

The team traveled to the moonlit clearing to search for the four-leaf clover.  While searching, a werewolf pack came charging to the attack!  The lycanthropes had a number of wolves with them as well, and the pack closed ground as Goshik hurled a fireball into their midst.  The party pulled forth silver daggers and met the beasts in a brutal battle in the shimmering moonlight.  Elsbeth called down blasts of lightning from the sky as her own wolf tripped an enemy wolf to the ground.  Reth and Kyras engaged in vicious close-quarters fighting, and Kyras suffered a nasty bite from one of the werewolves.  Eventually the team took down the pack, retrieved the packlord’s heart and a four-leaf clover for the mysterious Oz.  They returned to his cabin and woke him up which greatly annoyed him.  He slammed his door in their faces.  The next morning they tried again, and Oz was more receptive.  He placed the heart in a box and then brewed some kind of tea with the clover.  He then agreed to give them the information they needed.  He directed them to the top of Rutger’s Climb in two days’ time and warned a clan of pegataurs would likely try to stop them from attaining the tower.

Sure enough, after a rough ascent, the team found themselves nearly at the peak when accosted by a trio of pegataurs!  The winged centaurs fired arrows in the fierce winds to moderate effect.  The team tried to fire back, but the wind was too strong.  The pegataurs swept in, dropping their bows and drawing swords to charge in.  Elsbeth stepped right in front of one, and he crashed into her!  Both took damage from the impact.  The team split in half, leaving their henchman priestess, Gretchen, alone.  A pegataur attacked her, and she defended with her sword.  Kyras and Elsbeth took on one pegataur and took him down while Goshik and Reth took down another.  The team then closed in and defeated the third.  Just in time, they ascended the mountain and made the leap up onto Pilvi’s magical inverted tower!

Atop (below?) the tower, the team found a trapdoor.  When they tried to open it, a magical glyph flared to life and summoned a huge air elemental!  The monster buffeted the team with its mighty fists.  Goshik unleashed a fireball as Kyras tried to punch his way through the trapdoor.  Reth and Elsbeth tried throwing alchemist’s fire, and Gretchen began healing and enhancing the party with her magic and urging them to fight for their lives!  Kyras continued trying to open the door as the rest of the team took the fight to the elemental.  Reth began to devastate it with his magical dagger while Goshik’s fire and Elsbeth’s lightning landing one-two punches over and over.  Inspired, Kyras abandoned the door and moved into the fray.  Finally, Reth managed to slay the creature, dismissing it back to its own plane!

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 038

Game summary for August 15, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Bugbear Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team had nursed their wounds from the battle with the massive spider creature.  They decided to explore in a different direction and came upon a bubbling cauldron of stew heated by an unseen source.  The ground had runes inscribed around it saying, “Spice is the variety of life.”  As they approached a table covered in spices, a misty mihstu rose up from the steam and grappled Deska!  The team swarmed in and hammered at the creature as it tried to extract all of Deska’s fluids; however, she struggled well enough to prevent the creature from pinning her.  In short order, the group cut the creature down.  They began experimenting with the cauldron and discovered it could produce temporary potion-like stews.  They nearly killed Deska’s owl in their testing, but the team was pretty happy with the results.

Next the group ascended a flight of stairs, and Deska noticed shadows creeping in around them!  The unholy incorporeal undead began draining strength from the party!  Magnus and Denessia unleashed powerful blasts of positive energy which killed several of the shadows.  Good old fashioned weapons cut down several more.  However, the leader thrust its incorporeal hand into Denessia and dropped her to the edge of death.  Magnus, under a shadow onslaught, cast blessing of fervor, and the team was able to use the extra speed to rush Denessia back to the cauldron while the rest of the group finished off all the shadows.  Miraculously, the team was able to use the powers of the cauldron to prevent Denessia from dying and becoming a shadow herself!

The group made camp to gain restoration spells to fix their problems.  The team then went back down a hallway to explore another door they had yet to investigate.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 037

Game summary for August 8, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Alfbern Winterbloom (Half-Elf Inquisitor played by Preston Harmon), Argun Longtusk (Wereboar-Kin Druid played by Parker Harmon), Kenwrec Battleglaive (Orc Slayer played by Peyton Harmon), Magnus Erlingsson (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), and Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team moved on from the alchemy lab through a door to the south.  They traveled a moderately long hallway and emerged into a reeking room lined with partially preserved flesh containing a tent of skins.  A spiny pukwudgie wearing flayed skins stood within surrounded by an army of animated hoarpanther zombies!  Alfbern sent his bear charging in and ran close behind it as the panthers surged forward!  The pukwudgie disappeared almost immediately after Ten-Penny consumed a potion of invisibility.  Greta blessed the party, and Kenwrec moved to engage a hoarpanther.  The team was amazed at the panthers’ speed and barrage of attacks.  They realized they were in trouble!  Magnus strode forward and channeled positive energy in the name of Gorum which blasted two of the undead to slag and severely injured the others.  This turned the tide, and the team began slaying panthers with ease.  Argun cast a burst of nettles spell with great effect.  Meanwhile, the pukwudgie appeared and delivered a sneak attack to Kenwrec!  The horrid creature’s poisoned spines pierced his flesh and delivered a dose of virulent poison.  It coursed through his system as the team cut down the rest of their enemies.  Magnus cast a prayer to help Kenwrec, and he was given an antitoxin.  The poison proved too great, however, and he died in agony, foaming at the mouth!  The team determined they would reincarnate him when they reunite with Deska and pushed on.

The team ascended a great long stair and passed by a doorway.  They came upon an enormous web-shrouded chamber containing half a dozen cocoons and a glowing rune.  The group investigated and found one of the cocoons contained a slain and rotting andrazku demon!  The group turned just as a monstrous spider the size of an elephant descended out of the darkness.  Argun dropped a flame strike squarely on the creature burning it badly; however, it shook off the terrible blow and advanced!  Concerned about the obvious massive toughness of the monster, Magnus activated his divine presence to enact sanctuary for the party!  In his mind, he heard a demonic voice say, “Clever!”  The team started skirting to the side hoping the creature could no longer hurt them.  Argun, however, was outside of the effect and was bitten by the monster and began to rot before their eyes!  The bear attempted an attack of opportunity and broke the sanctuary upon itself and got mauled in return.  Magnus tried to be diplomatic, but the creature ignored him and slaughtered Argun!  The group was able to move under Magnus’ protection and get to the exit while the monster began to consume Argun’s corpse and ignored their retreat.

Reign of Winter — Game Session — 036

Game summary for August 1, 2017, Reign of Winter campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: All Might (Human Warpriest played by Andrew Renfrow), Denessia Rapidarma (Dwarf Gunslinger/Paladin played by Casey Scruggs), Deska Starseeker (Half-Elf Druid played by Kaliegh Belda), Ten-Penny Tacey (Half-Orc Rogue played by Shane Bradley), and Tulvur Xandersen (Dwarf Fighter played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team continued down the hallway past the wooden figures and discovered a long ascending stairway.  They climbed to the top and found a locked door.  Tulvur hit it with a hammer, which elicited a response from inside demanding who was out there.  The team conversed, and eventually an old crone opened the door.  Behind her the stars shone overhead, and wind blew through dead corn stalks in a large field.  All around lay dead ravens.  She warned them, “The cancer grows in the womb of the Crone.  To face the Curse of Eons, you must have time on your side.”  She also warned them she felt they are too young and should come back later.  She gave them a key and shut the door on them.

The group backtracked and explored another side passageway.  They came upon a frightening scene where numerous creatures were vivisected and on display in some kind of mad laboratory.  A trio of misshapen forlarren with multiple arms prepared poisoned blowgun darts as the team approached.  Behind them, the demonic half-satyr they had been seeking rose up on bat-like wings!  The forlarren ascended the walls using spider climb and bombarded the team with poisoned darts!  The fiend unleashed an unholy blight and later summoned a fiendish boar to harass the party spellcasters.  All Might blessed the party and rode into the fracas.  Tulvur moved in to put pressure on one side as Greta broke toward the other.  Denessia started shooting opportune targets with her pistol as Ten-Penny moved to try setting up flanks.

The team at first struggled, but All Might came charging in on his horse and leapt into the air to impale the fiend with his cold iron lance!  The fiend charged down upon him trying to smite but found that tactic ineffective!  The fiend activated a fear effect that drove several of the team into retreat!  The rest of the team rallied, though and closed in.  Denessia unleashed her own smite and shot him between the horns and eyes, dropping him dead.  Denessia tried to capitalize and turn on the forlarren, but her pistol exploded in her hands!  Deska hit a climbing forlarren with a whip of spiders!  The team was able to close up ranks and slay the last of the misshapen beasts.

Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 017

Game summary for July 29, 2017, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Harm Incorporated. Session included: Boran Gibbs (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Kalil Bakran (Human Sorcerer played by Parker Harmon), Paddy Brandywine (Halfling Bard played by Preston Harmon), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (Dwarf Ranger played by Peyton Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The group stumbled out of Trobriand’s Graveyard but soon found themselves in some dark corner of Undermountain filled with aberrations and other horrors.  The team discovered a chamber filled with beholders as a portcullis slammed down behind them!  With few choices the team engaged and found the beholders exploded when hit!  These were gas spores!  Moments later they learned it was a mix of gas spores and zombie beholders.  The floating orbs moved in as the team unleashed blasts of area of effect spells.  The ceiling was layered with loose bricks, though, so each explosion caused rubble to fall upon the party and their enemies, causing gas spores to explode, causing more bricks to fall, and so on.  In the end, the team took more damage from the bricks than anything else.  Searching the room, they found a real treasure, a figurine of wondrous power (glass walrus)!

The party progressed through another door and found themselves in a torture room occupied by two displacer beasts!  The six-legged felines rose up and waived their tentacles in annoyance.  The group charged in and found the displacer beasts a pain to hit!  Kalil learned the hard way that the iron maiden in the room was actually an iron maiden golem!  It tried to grapple him and gobble him up, but he used dimension door to get to safety and fire off scorching ray at the displacer beasts.  Boran was the next target of the iron maiden golem’s grappling attempts, but he cast righteous might to become too large to eat!  He began pounding the thing as his team layered buffing spells upon him once they killed the displacer beasts.  Soon, it was reduced to a battered mound of metal.

The next chamber proved to be some kind of dark shrine or chapel to cosmic horrors beyond time and space.  A number of vampiric cloakers hung on the wall trying to disguise themselves, but the team noticed them.  The creatures tried to engulf all the party, but several were able to fight them off, and the team took them down with little trouble.  They did find a rare treasure, a fully charged wand of voidmote!  This obscure cleric spell promised some interesting options in a future battle.

Finally, the team entered a room that may have once been consecrated to Bhaal, god of murder.  Two owlbears and a gorgon had been held in stasis, and they surged to life as the team entered.  The owlbears proved little challenge to the team’s deadly blades, but the gorgon petrified Paddy and Kalil!  Rumbald and Boran battered the creature viciously, but it critically gored Rumbald.  Paddy and Kalil shook off the petrification, and just in time!  The gorgon breathed on them again!  However, the team was able to land several more telling blows and slay the creature.  The group was able to recover a great treasure, a +2 sharding undead-bane bastard sword!

Small Adventures — Game Session — 007

Game summary for July 29, 2017, Small Adventures campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Small Timers. Session included: Goshik Trakar (Elf Sorcerer/Dragon Disciple played by Jack Smalling), Kyras Sonata (Half-Elf Monk/Rogue played by Noah Smalling), Reth Steelarm (Half-Orc Fighter/Rogue played by Luke Smalling), and Valetin Krupova (Halfling Paladin played by Jared Smalling). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

Tower to the Sky adventure, part 1.

The party signed on for another quest on behest of Venture-Captain Jalden Krenshar of the Pathfinder Society.  They set out to the nation of Andoran and the Darkmoon Woods hoping to find out a way to get onto the cloud tower of elementalist Samir Pilvi.  Allegedly, this tower had flipped upside down and was protected by buffeting magical winds.  However, every so many years from the proper mountain top, you could leap up onto the tower.  The party was told to seek a hermit named Oz who supposedly knows which mountain the team needs to climb.

The team traveled to Andoran and headed toward the logging community of Falcon’s Hollow.  Along the way, they were ambushed by a hunting wyvern!  It poisoned Kyras and hurt him badly, but an antitoxin gave him the edge he needed to survive the injury.  Goshik hit the creature with a fireball, and Valetin hit it with a magical frost sling stone.  The wyvern landed and engaged Valetin in close melee.  Reth changed in and cut it down with his punching dagger!

The party then came across an abandoned lumber mill.  A man shouted out to warn them of some kind of sawdust creature that had just killed his friend!  He then tried to flee but fell down and impaled his leg on a rusty gaff!  Sure enough, a cloud of sawdust rose up and approached him!  The team surged across the bridge to save him.  Valetin summoned a celestial worker ant from the heavens, and it began fighting the sawdust slough.  A hurled vial of alchemist’s fire burned the entity badly.  Kyras was eventually able to bring it down, and then he quickly provided first aid to the man using his healer’s satchel.  The man, Koljek, told them he was from Falcon’s Hollow and had come out here seeking anything he could salvage from the ruins with his friend Noren.  Noren did not survive the sawdust.  The party helped the man bury his friend, and they found several treasures in the weeds, remnants from previous victims.

Before long, the team arrived at Falcon’s Hollow and met the Sheriff.  He told them how to find the old hermit, Oz.  The group also went to the local temple of Iomedae to hire a cleric to help them in the endeavors.  They agreed to hire on a young woman named Gretchen Silverhand.

The party traveled to meet Oz and found him an interesting character.  He is perhaps a halfling who lives in an old shack under a rainbow.  He sat on his porch blowing smoke rings while the team tried to convince him to aid them.  Mostly, they annoyed him.  Finally, he agreed to tell them which mountain if they agreed to the following terms:  1) pay him 500 gp, 2) retrieve his lost chest from a cave filled with black-furred creatures, 3) bring him a four-leaf clover picked under the light of the full moon in a nearby meadow, 4) bring him the heart of the werewolf packlord.  The party agreed and set out in haste to the cave.

Much to their chagrin, the team discovered the black-furred creatures were giant skunks!  The stinky monsters put up a vicious fight and sprayed musk all over the team.  After a while, the team was able to defeat them and recover the chest.  They returned it to Oz who opened it with glee.  He unpacked a carefully padded tea set and made himself some tea.