R- 1 (Secret Mission – Harpers, Emerald Enclave)
Players- Falkare, Connie, Ajax, Orbus, Petrah
Magic Items – Rope of Entanglement (Orbus)
After learning of a second cyst, we returned to the Port, we were then approached by an eccentric Orc name Hawkdriver. He wanted us to track the undead horde that was attacking the city back to this cyst we had discovered. He also had letters from the factions with additional tasks. The others used barrels to ‘sneak’ through the horde while I used some magic to fly myself free of the city. We then tracked the horde back into the jungle where Connie spotted a cloth wrapped monkey. She tried to placate it with a shiny object but it only angered the undead creature which them summoned hordes of it’s fellows to assault us. Grunjax and myself were afflicted with a curse from the monkey claws. Our flesh felt spongy and weak and was showing the first signs of rot. Healing was useless and so we pressed on after dispatching the undead mummy monkeys.
As we came to a ravine, we found a vine bridge that would get us across. As we contemplated crossing the precarious bridge, a massive horde of skeletons burst forth from the jungle at us. We had no choice but to cross quickly. Once again, my magic ferried me across easily enough, but my compatriots were not so fortunate, or cautious. They rushed forward hastily and clumping up together, focusing all the weight and causing the bridge to collapse almost immediately. As the vines fell my companions were smashed about, Grunjax and Petrah loosing their grip and falling to a small ledge below. Grunjax’s wounds were bad and with the curse, our healing was useless, so we carried him with us, stable but unable to be woken.
As we followed the tracks deeper and deeper, we we surprised by a swarm of Bone Naga, giant skeletal snake creatures. Our only escape was a mountain, and so the others began to climb, while I once more made use of my magic to hastily ascend. If not for the Aarakocra hunters, the others would have surely perished. The bird creatures held off the Naga as they helped the others ascend. They brought us to safety and I knew these would make good allies for the factions. As we rested they told us of their society and how they used to worship a large tyrannosaur that protected them from the undead, but the curse had turned it against them. The one we spoke with, named Iki, agreed that In exchange for finding her husband’s remains, she would speak with the factions. So we went after the creature that had taken her husband, the dinosaur they had once worshiped.
We found our way to the lair of the creature, a vine covered cave. We descended into a cavern filled with putrid acid. A skeletal hand held a rope in the midst of the pool. As we moved to examine it, zombies burst forth from the acid, lashing out at us. A small island held a huddled mass of someone that was clearly living. As we battled the zombies, Orbus rushed to aid the creature, finding Iki’s husband alive but injured. Blasting the zombies with lightning, the cavern rumbled as my magic hit the wall. We finished off the zombies and as we retrieved the rope, the vines around us, vanished, exposing the cavern for what it really was, the stomach of the massive creature. We made a hasty escape, my magic of flight once more proving invaluable. The others managed to escape as well but as they did, we turned to face the creature, now free from the magic of the rope. The large tyrannosaur vomited zombies at us as we fought, it’s presence an unnerving thing, the massive undead beast. We managed to take the creature down, only for it’s stomach to expel numerous zombies. The others struggled as I stayed above, blasting from safety. Dispatching the undead we found the cyst and returned Iki’s husband to safety.