R- 1(LA2, Z2)
Players- Orbus, Ajax (Died), Falkare, Connie, Petrah
Magic Items- Pearl of Power (Falkare)
Story Awards – None
Recap- Another day of travel brought us to a bright clearing. Quickly determined to be the lost city of Bulobo. Wadumu finally informed us that there were snake people and the drug ‘wanderlust’ here at this village. Though all we could see was a pile of rotting corpses of soldiers of the Flaming Fist from Baldur’s Gate. They had set up some camp, but clearly died fighting.
A strange obelisk stands within the center of the clearing, with pillars around it. Vines seemed to covered everything, and as we attempted to clear away some of the vines from the obelisk so Wadumu could translate the writing upon the obelisk, the corpses and the vines themselves suddenly sprang to life and attacked.
Using some lighting magic, I escaped the grasp of the vines as we fought off the creatures around us. The sounds of more of them could be heard from the woods and around us.
Ajax brought the first corpse down with his crossbow as we assaulted the creeping vines. Petrah brought another down with an arrow as Connie pulled the vines away from the pillar so Wadumu could translate another riddle. As we continued to dechiper and activate the appropriate pillar, I torched the vines, leaving no further obstructions. As we deciphered the last riddle, we spread out to activate the remaining pillars, leaving Orbus to fight off numerous undead around the center of the clearing. We gathered around obelisk, fighting off the rising dead as we did so. Ajax moved towards the last pillar, but the symbol upon that pillar was missing, though it wasn’t far.
As he activated the last pillar, a staircase opened around the obelisk, leading downward. As the staircase rumbled open, we realized nearly all of the corpses around us had risen. We all rushed down the stairs, away from the veritable horde on our tail.
We came upon a massive chamber with a platform in it’s center with elaborate pillars with snakes carved into them. A curtain of water coming from a stone snake was across the room filling the room with water.
After casting a divination spell, I could sense the room was filled with magic, but saw no traps. When we stepped upon the platform, torches around the room sprung to life and a voice rung out throughout the room. Ajax attempted to lie his way through, but the Yuan-ti saw through his lies and lashed out at us, having been hiding on the pillar beside us.
Petrah lashed out veraciously with a dagger, before the foe whipped a scimitar out and lashed back at him, bringing him down with a deadly necrotic blade. Connie joined in with her own steel as she received a spray of poison. As we assaulted the Yuan-ti, she lashed back out, cleaving Ajax in half at the waist, killing him instantly as his corpse turned to a shriveled mass of flesh.
The Venom Queen slithered around the chamber, launching dark magic at us as we continued to assault her. As she tried to flee, Orbus finished her off with a crack from his staff. As she fell, the chamber began to crumble, corpses falling from above. Wadumu leapt from them into the snake’s maw, where the water had been streaming in. Using it to escape, he made his betrayal known before the escape route collapsed behind him. Fortunately, another hole in the chamber opened up which we quickly made our way towards as the zombies chased us, not before retrieving the gemstones from the chamber wall. The climb was difficult, but we managed to avoid the zombies claws.
Escaping into the jungle, we had a hard trek back to safety of the Port.