Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 011

Game summary for December 17, 2016, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, 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 party came upon a battle scene and saw an unconscious dwarf being dragged by the beard by orcs!  The team rushed after him and found a locked door in the way.  They quickly picked the lock and went through to find orc scouts on the other side.  They unleashed flaming arrows as the party moved to engage.  Two stood to obstruct using battleaxes to fend off the party.  Kalil hit several with a fire snake while Paddy shot arrows back at the orcs.  Rumbald and Boran closed in on an orc while Paddy moved around to flank.  The team took down the orcs and went to the next door.  Paddy and Rumbald discovered a poison arrow trap and disabled it!

In the next room they discovered a shrine to Gruumsh emanating fell energy sapping their strength.  A pair of falchion-wielding orc warlords stood on the lower level while an orc witch doctor stood on a pedestal.  The witch doctor cast cloudkill and harmed the party.  They came moving through as the warlords entered rages and brutally attacked.  Kalil and Boran slipped out of the fog to the side as Paddy and Rumbald soldiered through.  Kalil and the witch doctor traded lightning bolt spells.  A nasty brawl continued between Rumbald, Paddy, Boran, and the warlords.  The witch doctor used a wicked hex and put Rumbald to sleep!  He then began cursing the rest of the party.   Kalil used numerous scorching rays as Paddy’s icy sword Frostburn inflicted grievous injury to the orcs.  The enraged orcs were not finished yet, as one stabbed Paddy through the chest, killing the brave halfling!  Eventually the team took the orcs down and tore down the statue of Gruumsh.  They woke Rumbald from his slumber, and Boran used a powerful divine scroll to raise Paddy from the grave.  The group consumed several potions and scrolls to restore their damaged constitution and life force.  Then, they plunged into the next chamber which they discovered filled with mud!

Within, a sure-footed giant frilled lizard charged to attack along with a pair of ugly cave giants.  Kalil launched a fireball as Paddy cast freedom of movement on himself to be able to traverse the mud.  The fires hurt the creatures badly.  Sure-footed Rumbald rushed in and planted Ragnarok, his giant-slaying axe, into a cave giant’s chest, killing it!  The frilled lizard charged Paddy and shook him up with its terrifying display.  The group managed to swarm in and defeat the remaining two monsters, with the last giant dying by Paddy’s tiny sword, Frostburn.

The group entered the final room to discover the dwarf lying on a carpet, still unconscious.  A trio of hobgoblins and a pair of orcs loomed over him.  One of the hobgoblins cast righteous might and surged with power!  Boran smiled and cast the same spell!  Flaming arrows flew toward the party, and the team moved in to engage.  The orcs and hobgoblins forced the team into a corner, and the battle priest hobgoblin hit them all with a flame strike!  The group could not withstand the onslaught though, and they were defeated.  The team healed the dwarf.  He introduced himself as Fescus Foamflagon, and in gratitude for saving his life, he gave them an ancient handaxe made of mithral that was allegedly enchanted in long-lost Gauntlgrym!

Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 010

Game summary for January 16, 2016, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, for Harm Incorporated. Session included: Abiron Morikis (Human Brawler played by Jim Zuccarell), Boran Gibbs (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Kalil Bakran (Human Sorcerer played by Parker Harmon), Paddy Brandywine (Halfling Bard played by Preston Harmon), Rumbald Shieldcracker (Dwarf Ranger played by Peyton Harmon), and Zuriel Broadleaf (Elf Druid played by Jimmy Zuccarell). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team entered a large room with tall pillars and cylindrical towers occupied by half a dozen orcs and an ogre boss. The orcs raged and took stances with their greataxes. The orc mystic cast bless as Kalil unleashed a fireball! Abiron hurled his ricochet shield into the face of an orc. Zuriel ordered his massive tree companion to club another orc. The deft Paddy slipped in and sliced with his frost sword. The orc team landed a number of devastating blows, and the orc mystic hit the party with scorching rays. Kalil retaliated with a scorching ray of his own. After a roaring battle, the team was able to take down the ogre and orcs.

Next, the group opened a door to find a raised dais occupied by a large throne made of leathery flesh, bone, and teeth and a sturdy chest. Rumbald and Boran walked up to examine the chest and were immediately attacked by the throne! Kalil realized it was a fleshewn construct and resistant to damage. Kalil hit it with a lightning bolt which healed most of its damage! The team decided to take the chest and run, but the throne chased them down! Out in the main chamber, Abiron opened another door and discovered four murderous ghasts digging up a coffin from beneath the flagstones! The ghasts rushed out to attack. The team battled on two fronts. Paddy and Rumbald poured acid on the throne and Kalil was paralyzed by the ghasts. Boran began channeling positive energy as the tree companion unleashed fury upon the undead. Eventually, the group destroyed the undead and the throne.

The team examined the stone coffin exhumed by the ghasts. In Dwarven it said “Here lies Boromir Cleftbeard and His Trusty Axe Ragnarok the Giant Killer. They killed many giants; may Ragnarok slay many more.” They claimed the axe and advanced further into Undermountain.

Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 009

Game summary for November 28, 2015, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, 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 team, now hopelessly lost in Undermountain, came upon a trio of ogre adventurers. Naturally, a fight broke out. Kalil fired off several area of effect spells, including fireball and lightning bolt. Boran, Paddy, and Rumbald engaged in melee. Boran caught several clubs to the face, and Rumbald’s slug companion, Flash, licked an ogre to death. The fighting was violent and quick, and the ogres were defeated. The team investigated a chest the ogres were poking at and triggered a fireball trap! The did recover some treasure from the remnants, however.

The team moved into a winding hallway where they encountered a pair of gricks. The tentacles on the worms lashed and grasped, but they proved little challenge for the characters. On the far end of the hallway, they discovered a chamber full of Dekanter goblins! The massive creatures’ rhino-like horns proved an interesting challenge as the creatures charged back and forth into the team. Kalil stepped forward and used his medusa mask to petrify and destroy one.

Finally, the group went through a rough opening and found a sprawling cavern. They were horrified to find a beholderkin within! The monster phased in and out of the cavern and fired eye rays all around. It inflicted wounds and shocked the team with deadly rays. Paddy setup an ambush with invisibility sphere while Kalil used wall of fire to shape the battlefield. Boran and Rumbald began landing telling blows, and soon the team conquered the beast!

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – June 2015

Game summary for June 30, 2015, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Abiron Morikis (human brawler [shield champion]), Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]), and Zuriel Broadleaf (elf druid [treesinger]).

 

The group encountered two additional explorers, Abiron Morikis and Zuriel Broadleaf, and combined forces in their continued delve. They entered a room filled with straw and glowing blue moss occupied by ravenous gnolls! The slavering brutes attacked and were soon greeted by Zuriel’s treant companion! Boran tried to flank to the right while Rumbald went left. Paddy went up the middle with the treant as Kalil launched scorching ray. One gnoll went down under a bashing of tree limbs as another succumbed to Abiron’s vicious flurry and flying knee! The spear-wielding gnoll revealed himself a spellcaster capable of healing his ally, but it was too little too late. The group swarmed in and took him down.

The team moved into another room and found a talking cobra! Paddy did some negotiating, and it agreed to let them pass for 50 gold pieces and 25% of their cash treasure found past its door. As the snake counted its coins, the group moved on.

The next room held a single stone statue appearing much like a fat orc with a hinged jaw and keyhole nostrils. Paddy attempted to pick the nose… er… lock. Instead, he discovered it was a trap! Hidden nozzles sprayed misty oil into the air and a spark ignited a conflagration! Boran was burned, but the rest of the team avoided the fires. The treant smashed the statue to rubble, and the group found a hidden cache of treasure underneath!

Moving on, the team found a pair of rawbone bugbears! The hideous skeletons dripped blood from chunks of muscle and tendon still clinging to their forms. Rage filled the creatures at the presence of living creatures, and the undead tried to smash them with their spiked clubs! Paddy took a severe beating but Abiron tagged one with his shield. Rumbald clipped one with his axe but had little effect. A searing light from Boran blasted one and allowed the treant to move in and clobber it. Zuriel then finished off the other with an impressive flame strike. The team looted the bodies and went off in search of other unexplored tunnels of fearsome Undermountain!

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 007

Game summary for December 7, 2014, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

Just when the team thought themselves free from the evil wizard Agothon, they found themselves trapped in a second arena! This one was a natural cavern of some sort with a beautiful waterfall. Chill air began pouring in, and a massive frost giant appeared! He roared as Paddy sank his sword into his toe! Rumbald threw a javelin of lightning and drank a potion of enlarge person to get much larger before attacking with his axe and shield. Paddy continued a furious assault while Kalil hit the giant twice with scorching rays! The brute was unable to survive the onslaught.

Paddy cast some cure serious wounds spells to recover from the giant’s axe blows. Rumbald protected himself with an ironbeard while Kalil cast bear’s endurance upon Paddy.

A roar shook the room, and a tyrannosaurus appeared! Rumbald immediately began hacking away but Paddy got snatched up in the monster’s mouth! Kalil cast wall of fire to keep the dinosaur from coming his direction and also hit it with a lightning bolt. Rumbald scored several great hits while the t-rex swallowed Paddy whole! Kalil, thinking quickly, cast dimension door and appeared beside Paddy INSIDE the dinosaur! He then made an amazing feat of concentration and was able to cast a second dimension door and translocate both of them outside the beast’s gullet in an astounding rescue mission! Kalil was able to hit it with a fireball while Paddy cured his injuries. Rumbald was then able to use his axe and cut down the ravenous beast!

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 006

Game summary for October 3, 2014, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

The party found itself trapped in an arena by the evil wizard Agothon, who was angry because the team had killed one of his pets. He doomed them to a horrible death of their choosing in his arena. The wizard allowed them to choose which opponents they faced.

First up was a pair of scalding dragonnes! The elemental creatures pounced upon the party with superheated teeth and claws. One took the form of scaling vapor and burned Rumbald badly. Paddy’s frost sword and Kalil’s lightning bolt spells helped defeat them, however.

Next came a pair of diseased cyclopes! The infectious brutes spread instant-acting bubonic plague and mindfire among the party! The giants swung great axes but the team moved in to engage. Boran used righteous might to confront the monsters on their own terms. Rumbald bravely stood against one on his own as his pet slug, Flash, fell into a coma due to the effects of plague. Paddy darted among the creatures with his blade and magic missiles while Kalil unleashed a pair of fireballs. It did not take long for the beasts to die.

Finally, a greater fire elemental erupted onto the scene and immediately set Boran on fire. Moments later, it did the same to Rumbald. Paddy’s frost sword proved particularly effective against the elemental, and Kalil made it less aggressive with crushing despair. The team hammered it with blade and spell until finally it discorporated. Frustrated at the continued loss of his pets, Agothon released the team with some magical trinkets for their efforts.

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 005

Game summary for March 15, 2014, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

The group entered yet another section of sprawling Undermountain and found a room with two semi-circular walled off sections occupied by wind-up clockwork minotaurs with the following sign posted:  “No Trespassing.  Visitors not welcome.  Guests not welcome.  Dr. Rotwang.”

The minotaurs click, clack, mooed to life and attacked!  The massive constructs proved very resistance to weapon attacks, although magic missile seemed to find its mark.  They discovered electricity was particularly effected against the monsters.  After several lightning bolts, bottled lightnings, and Rumbald’s shocking axe later, the creatures were reduced to slag.

The team then entered a room occupied by two steel-clad barbarians.  The armored hulks were once human but had steel plates bolted directly to them!  Rumbald charged in and plunged fifty feet into a pit of spikes!  Paddy told a bad joke (i.e., failed with hideous laughter), but Kalil used deep slumber from his wand to put one to sleep.  Boran used hold person on the other.  The group was able to hurl one into the pit (after Rumbald climbed out) and defeat the other.

The next room appeared to be some kind of laboratory with a chalkboard, tables, and a massive flesh golem!  The golem attacked.  Paddy learned he could slow the creature with his frost sword, but Rumbald sped it up with his shock axe!  The team decided to forgo the use of electricity and focus on some cold magic and the outright brutality of a well-swung sword or axe.  Soon, the flesh golem lay defeated.

Horror awaited in the next chamber, as they discovered walls slicked with old blood, and a viscous crimson blood pool in the floor.  Orc shredskins and human meat puppets shuffled to attack!  Boran was able to channel positive energy to damage all of the undead, and the team made short work of them.  They then discovered a chest attached via a chain to the edge of the pool.  They dragged up the chest and found several treasures within.

The team then entered another chamber and found a trio of necrocraft assemblages!  The undead moved to surround the team, a fast response allowed the group to drop the undead in record time.

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 004

Game summary for February 1, 2014, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

The Harm Incorporated team threw open yet another door in deep, deadly Undermountain!  Behind it, they discovered some snarling dire rats along with a wyvaran sorcerer and three kobolds!  The battle was instant, with Paddy leading the charge!  Kalil unleashed a fireball and took down the dire rats.  The party moved in quickly to swarm the creatures and took them out.

The team then opened a doorway and found two enormous ettins!  The arguing creatures instantly shifting their attention to the little meals running around and came crashing through the wall!  The ettins began bashing the party with their spiked clubs, but a barrage of spells and blades later, the ettins lay dead at the feet of Rumbald.  Paddy discovered a loose flagstone concealing some small treasure along with a secret door.  The group went through the secret door and triggered a spiked pit!  Everyone dodged except Kalil who plummeted the fifty feet into the spiked pit.  Injured, he required magical aid when raised upon a rope.

Another door revealed an interrogation room occupied by two bugbears wearing spiked armor and carrying punching daggers with razor edges.  One of the bugbears began brutally stabbing Rumbald.  Thinking quickly, Paddy cast hideous laughter to tell a hilarious joke and cause one of the goblinoids to roll about laughing.  Soon the team mopped up the two brutes.

The next room was a killing field flanked on either side by arrow slits with orc crossbowmen on the other side!  The party carried tables on either side as massive shields to get Paddy to the door so he could get them back to the crossbowmen.  A few bolts landed true, but most thunked into heavy tables.  The team surged back and took out the orcs with blade and spell.

Finally, the team opened another door to reveal an octagonal room occupied by a single man, Bruce Lee.  Master Lee challenged the team, and they rumbled for quite some time.  Rumbald and Paddy found themselves repeatedly disarmed and thrown to the ground under a barrage of punches and kicks!  Boran landed a critical hit with a searing light, and Kalil ended the fight with a scorching ray!  Admitting defeat, Master Lee disappeared in a puff of blue smoke, but the team realized they had honed their own hand-to-hand combat skills after the experience.

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 003

Game summary for January 3, 2014, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

The Harm Inc. team entered another section of Undermountain and encountered a small pack of goblins led by a goblin snake shaman!  The singing creatures attacked with their dogslicers and torches!  The goblin snake hit Rumbald with a ray of enfeeblement, but Kalil countered it with a bull’s strength.  Boran quickly blessed the party and switched to his shortbow to better fight in the cramped hallways.  The goblins were fighting on two fronts, and the party broke through one side and swarmed the creatures from both directions.  They then discovered two smaller chambers.

Paddy accidentally triggered a fireball trap on one of the doors but found a small fortune in the room behind.  The second door proved untrapped, but the small tomb contained two cairn wights and some purple mold!  Boran channeled positive energy and moved in to engage.  He quickly learned the undead could drain life energy through their razor blades.  The team swarmed into the cramped quarters and took out the wights but found themselves woozy from the purple mold spores.  They quickly ran out and tossed alchemist’s fire within to clear the room.  They found some treasure in a stone box including a wand that could restore the effects of the wights’ negative energy.

The group went through another door and found a room with two dungeonbred manticores guarding a chest swinging from a chain on the ceiling.  The manticores hurled spikes at the party and fought viciously, but the team setup a number of flanks and took them down quickly.  They then sent Paddy up a rope where he unlocked the chest and took all the treasure within.

Behind another door, the team found a horrific sight!  A massive ogre zombie lord stood swinging an enormous hammer!  Even worse, his body swarmed with thousands of wasps!  Rumbald advanced and was beaten mercilessly.  Boran followed as well and was knocked unconscious by the creature’s hammer.  Paddy used his wand of magic missile, and Kalil used his lightning bolt.  Soon, the undead monster was destroyed, but this only unleashed the entire swarm of wasps!  Fortunately, Kalil’s lightning bolts eliminated them.  The team then discovered a belt of giant strength in the remnants of the corpse, and Rumbald put it on to enhance his physical prowess.

Next the group went down a hallway, and Rumbald went flying through the air and slammed into some magnetized ore!  His allies pried him loose and slipped through a door.  On the other side, they found an enormous heap of gleaming treasure!  Three of the team entered the room while Boran debated his options for passing by the giant magnet.  In the room, a young black dragon revealed itself and breathed acid all over the party!  Paddy dodged it with his evasion, and the team tore into the dragon.  Boran ripped a door from its hinges and used it as a shield to interfere with the magnetic pull.  He slipped in just as the dragon’s fangs and claws shredded Rumbald’s flesh.  Kalil hit it with a scorching ray, and Paddy sliced it with his magical sword Frostburn.  Rumbald stepped up and shield bashed the dragon to death!  The team then collected its small fortune in treasure!

Harm Incorporated – Ruins of Undermountain – Game Session – 002

Game summary for December 23, 2013, Ruins of Undermountain campaign; PCs included Boran Gibbs (human cleric), Kalil Bakran (human sorcerer), Paddy Brandywine (halfling bard [archaeologist]), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (dwarf ranger [dungeon rover]).

The team continued to explore treacherous Undermountain and stumbled upon a trio of drow!  The two blademen attacked with their poisoned two-bladed swords!  An impressive exchange began between a swordsman and Rumbald the dwarf!  Kalil unleashed a scorching ray at the other while the wicked priestess of Lolth blessed her allies.  Boran attempted to run over a bench and table to attack the cleric, but he tripped and fell on his back.  So, he instead blessed the party.  Meanwhile, Paddy moved in and cut down the burnt bladesman and moved to pressure the cleric.  She responded with a hold person spell, but plucky halfling shook it off!  Boran countered with the same, to no avail.  The battle went back and forth, but soon the team had defeated the drow and looted them.

The group then wound its way down a dark twisting passage and triggered several acid arrow traps that fortunately missed (they went over Paddy’s head).  At the end of the passage stood a frightening creature, a skeletal mage!  It unleashed a scorching ray and injured the team but was soon cut down.

They then found a room occupied by a fearsome drider!  The monstrosity warded itself with mage armor and blasted away with numerous lightning bolts.  The team found its spell resistance particularly challenging, and it put up quite a fight!  Finally, Kalil’s fire ray punched through and slew the beast!

Harm Incorporated then opened another door and found a massive yellow terror solifugid!  The ten-legged arachnid ripped into Paddy, rending his flesh and harming him terribly!  The team found the monster easy to hit because it was so large; however, it also injured Boran.  Finally, the group whittled away and dropped the horror!  Boran and Rumbald used magic to heal the injuries thus far sustained by the party.

Continuing on, they came across a room with two frenzied cultists worshiping a beholder!  Fortunately, the beholder turned out to be a gauth beholderkin, a weaker relative of the floating orb of destruction!  The gauth blasted Boran with its six eye rays!  He shook off the worst of the effects but was significantly hampered by exhaustion!  Soon, Rumbald was also magically exhausted.  The team took out the cultists with ease, but the gauth put up a fight!  Fortunately, Kalil caught it with two scorching rays and exploded the inhuman monster if a ball of flame!

The group then discovered the secret hideaway of Undermountain merchant Ludovic Snerd!  He taught them the magic phrase to summon his magical equipment shop but warned them he would only appear in areas that were very safe.  They decided to do some shopping after exploring one more room.

The final room explored by the team appeared to be a tomb of a fallen priest of Shar.  The sarcophagus was flanked by four suits of battered armor which Boran determined where undead with his detect undead spell!  Kalil smiled and hurled a fireball into the room and melted them all to slag!  They then discovered the coffin was infested with brown mold!  The mold sucked all the heat from the room and caused cold damage to the team!  Kalil hit it with a fire ray and caused it to double in size!  Thinking quickly, Paddy used his magically cold short sword to destroy the hazard.  They then claimed the treasures from within the tomb.