The Bones of the Mountain

Session 4

When last we had left our party, they were recovering from a shocking encounter with a walking corpse wrapped in rags and a horde of rabid rats.

The party, assured by the medicantus that they had recently recovered a recipe for a salve that could cure magical diseases, set to debate their next move with Tansil lobbying to return to the Archdean to report their current findings and Lucian demanding they move forward. While they argued, they also took stock of the room around them.

There are 5 doors in the room, each 8 feet tall by 10 feet wide.
left RED, then GOLD, then WHITE, then a door that has fallen down that is BLACK, and a BLUE door all the way to the right. Behind where the BLACK door was on the wall, is just a stone wall, not a doorway.

Tansil insists that the group leave the level and report everything to the Archdean. Tansil tried to stand between Nils and the doors. Nils tried to search Tanil’s pockets, and accidentally breaks through his robe and accidentally touches him below the waist.

Weenet and two guards approach. Tansil insist that they escort Nils and Lucian off the floor. William Stone slipped and fell on some rat guts and ended up face-to-face with the mummy’s now inanimate remains and took a deep breath to yell out and sucked in a heaping helping of mummy dust. He seemed fine for a short while, but several minutes later he turned a sickly shade of brown and collapsed onto the floor. Guards from the monastery quickly shuffled him off to the infirmary.

Weenet gets weirded out and leaves the room. the party follows and Tansil takes the team to talk to the Archdean. The Archdean’s assistant comes out and says the Archdean has fallen sick in the last hour. The Archdean is laid out on a bed, and looks almost dead. He looks at Milo. Everyone but the party is ordered from the room.

The Archdean has been having visions of the monks and elves fighting. He sees a great evil. He tells us the 6th level has not been breached in 300 years. All records of level 6 were destroyed or lost. There’s a group called The Order of Talamander, a mythical secret order, trying to hide info about level 6 and 7. The Bones of the Mountain could have some clues. He tells us there are rumors of a movement growing amongst the elves to take control of the monastery.

Tansil gets him a drink of water and turns around only to see the Archdean sighing out his last breath. Milo tries to lay hands on him to heal him and he turns to dust. Milo and Tansil cry out in grief, and Nils, unseen, steals something from a nearby bookcase.

Lucian gathers some ashes of the Archdean in a bottle. Lucian explains to the team about Oberon and the dwarven and elven translations.

Milo, Will and Tansil take a long rest and meanwhile, Lucian reviews what the Archdean had been reading. It was about The Reaving and Talamander using Thodish’s hammer. Talamander exited the vault into the valley as Thornwatch was overrun.Evil creatures followed him from the vault. He ascended into the night sky, and dropped down and smote both evil and good alike, tearing cankered flesh and healthy tissue from the bosom of the earth. He attacked with such great ferocity it is said that he devoured the flesh of friend and foe alike. Talamander was given a great status and the monastery placed The Hammer of Thodish back inside the deepest vault. Talamander was so disturbed by what he did, that he disappeared when The Hammer was interred and was never seen again.

Meanwhile, Nils runs into Tansil and Brother Elich coming out of the cold storage when he goes to the kitchen to make a sandwich. Elich makes deluxe sandwich for both of them. Nils gets a cistern of wine. Brother Elich gives Nils a pack with 3 days of tasty rations.

Milo checks in on Will, who is weak, but recovering. Some of the clerics in the order have begun to manifest rudimentary healing powers and had made much progress in treating the rot. Luckily, they caught it early and it had not set in aggressively.

Milo goes to talk to his mom in the cloister, but she was not allowed as she had taken a vow of solitude. Milo was turned away.

The party made way back into the 6th level of the Vault. 12 heavily armored soldiers in the kitchen and around the doors to level 6. Tansil asks Weenet about his fears. He asks about the mummy Weenet says that was not darkness, just a passing shadow. He takes us to the section of the 5th level about the history of the monastery. All the useful books are missing.

We go back to the 6th floor and look at the doors. he upper arch of the empty doorway has been crushed, looks like a long time ago. Nils looks at the White door. Realizes it is covered in hoarfrost. Lucian tries to touch it with a torch, and the fire goes out.

Tansil looks at the Canopic jars in the mummy. He opens one of the jars, then closes it. He notices a circular pattern of dust on the floor. The mummy had been walking in circles in the room for quite some time.

The Red door is burning hot.

Lucian touches the Blue door. The door bulges then starts to pull him in. Milo charges the door with his glaive, he sinks in all the way up to his hands. The door grabs onto Milo as well.
Lucian fails to extricate himself from the door and shillelaghs his staff and it grows leaves and glows.

Tansil throws holy water on the team at the door and blesses them. Lucian is engulfed by a giant translucent matte cube, the cube pulses with an inner fire and expands and contracts quickly. Nils shoots it with a crossbow and hits, barely missing Lucian who feels some small objects inside the cube. The cube goes into the doorway and back out. Milo tries to pull his glaive back out, the cube grabs onto his hands and covers them in acid. Lucian escapes from the cube, grabbing the glave and pulling it out as he leaps back, doing damage.

Tansil shoots the cube with a crossbow.
The cube tries to engulf Milo and Lucian unsuccessfully.
Nils shoot it with a crossbow
Lucian steps back and uses magic to analyze its defenses
Tansil shoots it with crossbow
The cube engulfs Nils, but he escapes
Milo attacks with his glaive
Lucian give it a little eldritch blast – kerpew.
Tansil shoot it with his crossbow
Milo dodges a lunge from the cube
Nils shoots it with crossbow
Milo slices it through it and it falls into liquid.
Lucian says “I told you it was a liquid door!”
Lucian notes that the gelatinous cube is a species known as Oozious Maximus.
There is some loot that was in the cube on the floor.
The snail trail of the cube smokes and bubbles on the Black door.
Milo detect evil, theres a subtle feeling of evil from Lucian’s area. There is a sense of something evil from the area near the canoptic jars. There is a sense of something celestial in the jar Tansil is holding. Tansil opens the jar, and a bright white piece of chalk is in it. He puts the chalk back in the jar.
The doors give off a competing sense of good and evil.

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Session Three

Tansil Matterham Slept the day away and had a nice brunch after the battle with the phantom armor and weapons.

Milo Moonsilver went to visit his father Uhredith Moonsilver with William Stone and met Milo’s uncle, Amrodt Moonsilver at the gates to the recently fortified Thornwatch, clearly vigilant against the events of recent days. Nils Rivalor came along as well! His uncle seemed to express some sympathy for the situation as it appears magic is re-entering the world.

Amrodt allowed Milo, William and Nils to enter and after a testy exchange between Milo and his estranged father, they were escorted in to meet King Andursa, who had apparently become a MUCH younger version of himself. After a back and forth, the King brought William Stone into an antechamber alone. Upon exiting with the King, William Stone emerged, covered in blood and started loudly proclaiming something about “The Hunt”.

The party came back, took a secret entrance into the next level of the Vaults and confronted a mummy and destroyed it. They found X items. Giant armor in level 5. Slid wall aside. William and Nils came in last. Mummy rats.

Nils got bracers of archery, 13 precious stones (1 a pearl) at 100gp each.William Stone got…? Periapt of wound closure.

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Session Two
Awakenings Dark and Light

Tansil was ‘interviewing’ William about the events surrounding the book.

They found out that Weneet had a habit of tapping it, and found out that he always tapped a series of books.

On the suspicion that they might be magic, all of Weneet’s favorite books were rounded up and put under lock and key. William managed to get a bit of time to read the book, and he declared that it wasn’t the original, and given that it is in both elvish and dwarvish, the original must be in thornwatch.

A ruckus drew their attention, and they went down towards the 5th level, to find the elves dead or dying, and many wounded members of the abbey under assault by levitating swords.

The swords were beaten down, and an inwardly lit suit of armor came up towards the door.

William closed the door and barred it. The armor had trouble getting through and bashed repeatedly against it. Worried that the armor might find other survivors on the other side, the PCs evacuated the non-combantants, Tansil healed those who needed it with newfound celestial power , had the door to the fourth level closed and barred, then they opened the door to the fifth, and the armor charged in.

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Session One

William convinced out-of-towner Niles to help him get a copy of a book out of the vaults.

The party coalesced around a paladin (Milo, played by Ben) who guarded one of the vaults in the monastery. They goaded him into helping them access to the vault. Once inside, the historian Lucian (played by Claire) used some pretty fancy talkin (a Suggestion spell with a disastrous fail by the target, The Vice Dean of the Monastery) to gain access to the highest levels.

They still had to go through security pat-downs on the way in and eventually made it to the 4th level (of 7, with the 7th holding the most powerful artifacts).

While in level 4, the party split up, with the paladin and ranger finding some malevolent entity was involved in the theft of a book reported recently missing.

During the security sweep into level 5, the recently missing book was found in Lucian’s bag. The rogue, Nils (played by Charles) said he put it there. Nils and Lucian were put into a holding cell.

While the PCs were there trying to sort out what was going on, an invisible raven was caught by the ranger William while talking to Lucian on his shoulder. The raven appeared, struggling in William’s hand. This was astonishing because no one had seen magic in hundreds of years. The entire party saw this including a guard who called out for the Vice Chancellor, who rushed in, but not before William released the bird for unknown reasons. Everyone claimed not to have seen the raven except for the guard. This brought the Archdean in and the paladin paused, broke down and explained almost everything including the magic that was seen.

The archdean scoffed and handed a “magic” polearm to the paladin and told him to make it work. The polearm immediately began to glow, the elderly archdean, terrified and amazed, had a massive heart attack and almost died at the feet of the paladin. The paladin reached out and healed him. The Archdean called out “Oghma be praised!” and that was the end of the session.

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