Esgalwathon was introduced this evening. A rogue on the hunt for the Blue Sword known as Graveyard. He sought out the party, who were believed to have been wielding the sword, and followed them into the Manor. Now he himself is trapped within the Manor and his only escape, may be to help the party he was meant to steal from.
After Meeting up with Master Bishop and the new guy Esgal, the party continued forward from the clothing room where they took a short rest. The next room was a kitchen…or at least it was once. Now it seemed to be some sort of make shift and unstable laboratory, capable of exploding at even the slightest touch. So Marduk walked over to the chemistry set, and shook up a bottle and made it explode, singing the hairs off of most of the party’s brows. After the insults were thrown at the poor wizard, who wanted nothing more than to play with fire, the party realized that this room contained a puzzle. The door leading into the next room was in fact a talking door. The riddle was very quickly figured out by Marduk and Content Not Found: arwyn , forcing the door to say fire, and opening for the party.
Through the door was yet another tower, but blocking this one was an old familiar face the party had faced once before. It was a Nothic. A one eyed, mischievous beast, who knew nothing but trickery and madness. It was not the same one. but the party knew how to deal with it. With violence of course. They made quick work of it and continued on their way to the Northwest tower.
The party then went from one tower to the next defeating hell hounds one after another, collecting keys and using them to unlock all other towers save for one. The Southeast tower. All of the tower battles were extremely easy, except for one. The party had to battle three Azers (fire dwarves from the fire plane). The battle was fierce, and Faust and Bishop had a hard time keeping their HP above 0. They prevailed however, and then felt safe to take an extended rest, where Marduk leveled up to level 5!.
After collecting all the keys, the party went to the upstairs part of the Manor. Upstairs, the party opened one room on the right side of the floor and immediately faced one of the most fearsome creatures they had yet to face. The red 5 headed Hydra, Kalahan. It was a long and gruesome battle. Marduk had no luck casting his Chromatic Orb as usual and landed a hit against Bishop, but he didn’t kill him this time, only pissed him off. Faust and Bishop were both dropped below zero HP, and thanks to a final mighty blow by Marduk, the Hydra was felled and the party was rewarded with half a key and a golden sword.
After a nice rest to lick their wounds, they continued on. The next room they encountered was an enchanted dining room with very sexy waitresses and delicious foods. They were forced to sit at the table, and suddenly chains were wrapped around them tight. They had to find a way out of these chains before they were eaten alive by the evil sister! Faust and his pseudo dragon had no interest in their plight, and simply ate the fine meal with grade A Dijon mustard. Luckily, thanks to the brilliance of his mother, and the good looks of his father, Arawn found the solution to the puzzle. They needed to spell a 7 letter word to release themselves! Master Bishop, being a man of few words, somehow pulled the word out of his hat and helped solve the puzzle! The party was released, and the only ones who could escape were those who ate. So naturally Faust left, and the others soon followed suit…except Bishop and Marduk. As a reward for being so smart and handsome, the nice sister gave Master Bishop something he had been longing for, for a really long time…while the gnome watched in silence.
All in all it was great progress. Bishop finally got a good lovin’. Marduk leveled up to 5. Arawn made arrows form Hydra teeth and found a magic sword. Faust found more fancy mustard…but then it was used up just as quickly as it was gotten. Everyone was happy…except lockhorn….who still has not hit a damn thing.
Will the group get any closer to actually defeating Content Not Found: isaphrontal? Will the party actually make a move on Sarin? Will the party find the other half of the key, or even what door it belongs to? Will the pseudo dragon finally hit something?! FIND OUT NEXT TIME IN EPISODE IV!