Dawn of the Thirster: The Horsemen Ride Again

Trouble brewing in Madrid....

-go to the unicorn’s open legs
-notice identical thugs, upon examination, Anya found something oddly magical about them. They cared little for the party
-the owner of the establishment is a charmy little gnome by the name of Fedurduckle Bandersnatch, Fedur for short
-they asked him about the location of some clerics and paladins, and he said that he had no idea what they were talking about, but Shithead knew better and say through the rouse
-Ug-grub saw fit to push buttons in the inn too far, and was thrown out with a combination of identical thugs and a hold person spell. Afterwards he wandered around outside in a huff
-Adranus tried to question Fedurduckle but could get nothing out of him at the moment, and arranged a meeting with him later that night
-the party went shopping and got some items
-they arrived at the designated location, and were ambushed by Fedurduckle and his gang of thugs. The party made short work of them and found a note on his body telling of a “hideout”, and tracked him back from where he came from in the sewers.
-they encountered some zombies, but easily dispatched them
-coming upon a part of the sewers that was less foul, they watched a horrible scene of a young beautiful blonde man with blonde hair plunge a dagger into corpses, raising them from the dead in the process. The undead had red eyes, which matched a glowing on the young man’s chest as he chanted before stabbing the dead.
-they went back to the Church of Light to find the High Cleric gone on a political trip. They were asked many questions, but only knew some of the answers. They were told the names of the twin thugs, Dee and Dum
-they went back to the Unicorn’s Open Legs, and asked around about the bald twin thugs, hoping to learn their whereabouts.
-Adranus thought he saw one, and went outside. There was nothing to be seen, and the party began to wonder if they had some sort of magical hiding ability.
-they ended up going back to the antechamber in the sewers, and there were no longer a mound of dead bodies there. Ug-grub tried to destroy the altar, which was wholly evil and necromantic, and he couldn’t (Orcus stopped him). The party then went in the adjoining room, and found another, smaller altar with a round void in the table, obviously something was missing (like a bowl or something)
-fought a creepy powerful undead
-went up past the door and found the rich boy, he told them he arrogantly already succeeded, and that they were going to die
-he left, and they followed, and encountered him again outside, and 4 vampires.
-it was a tough fight, but they managed to win, but the rich kid got away
-they went back into town, and a group of guards tried to arrest them
-running away and hiding at a local inn, the found a wanted poster for themselves, saying they attempted to murder/assassinate Lord Darian Ellamin III.

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FUCKING DRAGON

With the death of the half-dragon, the party quickly took a moment to recover, and heal up a little bit. After awhile, they started poking around the temple treasure room to look at all the loot they could recover. They found a portable hole, x2 scrolls of Haste, x2 scroll of protection from evil, scroll of sanctuary, Masterwork Spiked Chainmail, dwarven repeating crossbow, masterwork longsword, Efficient Quiver and 52,000 gp. They stuffed all of the items in the portable hole, and started to make camp inside the temple to recover lost spells and generally get rest. Almost as soon as they decided though, the entire temple began to shake and quiver. The party quickly gathered up their belongings, and jetted out the back of the temple. Upon exiting, they all felt a presence from the temple, and bursting forth from the top of the temple was a massive green dragon. The dragon wailed about losing its “children” and proceeded to try to kill them, the murderers of her children.

During this time, Eldarion awoke to the sounds of battle, and started to move toward the tample top. After he overcame his intense fear of actually facing a dragon (he shit his pants), he charged forth, determined to make a difference.
The dragon made some fly-bys, and blew acid from its mouth on the crew. This caused an enormous amount of damage and made the party cautious. But as usual, UG-GRUB had to smash something. He flew up, and struck the giant beast, barely marking its hard scales, but getting the beast’s attention. With one of its acid breaths, the brave caster Anya was nearly killed and was out of the fight. Eladrion crested the top of the temple though, and saw to her medical attention with a quick healing potion stabilizing her but not getting her back in the fight just yet.
The battle raged on, with more acid breath and giant claws and flying. It was fucking epic.
The dragon had pieced together that UG-GRUB had killed both of her sons (smelled their blood on his hammer, still fresh), and flew up into the air to charge down on the interloper. She flew straight at him, and hit him with every pound in her body, bearing him into the remains of the temple and almost crushing him to death. Not to be dismayed though, UG-GRUB smashed with his hammer at the belly of the beast, but the beast refused to go down.
Eladrion saw an opening, and opportunity. Risking his life, he jumped down into the remains and rubble of the temple atop the dragon, landing right behind the base of its skull. With all of the strength he could muster, he plunged his sword deep in the back of the neck of the dragon, killing it instantly.
They made camp at the bottom of the ruin, next to the massive dead dragon. They carved teeth, claw and skin from it for later use, and put it in the portable hole. They also noticed a small path at the bottom, and went to investigate.
At the end of the tunnel, each party member received an odd item, that seemed to resonant with each of them personally. There didn’t seem to be much explanation for it, and the party went about their way back to Madrid.
In Madrid, they went to the market for various things, potions and the like. UG-GRUB saw fit to be carried around the city in a litter (a carried chair). They were approached by bald mags, and “asked” to return to the college. The party got the idea this was more of a threat then a request, and followed them.
In rout, a small frail monk approached UG-GRUB begged him to return not with the mages, but with him. This seemed like a better idea, and they followed the monks (who appeared to be frail, hungry, and in bad condition). They were taken to a massive Chruch of Heironious, and lead into the chambers of the High Cleric himself, Lord Horkul Hawklight the Never-Failing. He told UG-GRUB the mantle her wore was actually Heironious’ own armor when he was a mortal, and that he needed their help. Some of his clerics and one of his paladins had gone missing, and he needed them found. He felt as if the mages were conspiring against him, and needed a third party to investigate the disappearances. He offered no reward but his gratitude. They accepted, and went to the first place there were clues, The Unicorn’s Open Legs.

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A new world?

Once ambushed, the adventurers retaliated and tore into the small group of dark dwarves. The battle was over and done with almost as soon as it began, with only a lone survivor. He begged for his life, telling the party he would exchange all his wealth for his life (he and his friends were starving, weak tomb raiders), and show them the way out of the cave to the (roughly translated) “soaked forest”. He gave Anya a rod of hook horror control, and some small jewels, and began limping toward the exit. Some webbing was found among the ceiling of the cave. The party started to notice the air was changing around them, getting damp and sticky. The small duergar approached an intersection in the cave, and pointed exclaiming “That’s the way out!” and as he said the words, a globe of utter darkness enveloped him and he screamed in terror, and then in pain. The party readied their weapons and waited for anything. From the darkness, an arc of lightning came forth and ravaged the party. Emerging from the globe of darkness came a massive female drider, with her male counterpart ambushing from the rear with a massive bow. The party struggled for just a moment, and when wits were collected, came back onto their opponents with a furious vengeance, making very short work of the would-be thieving driders. Close to the ambush there was a small amount of treasure and some bodies wrapped up in silk. The bodies appeared to be large lizardmen…
Continuing forth after the encounter, the party noticed the walls had changed from natural rock formations to roughly carved with crude images and some foreign language. The depictions showed figures worshipping a large temple, and a strange figure. Moving forward, they came upon the entrance, to a very strange site. A rain forest. This massive mountain range actually housed inside them massive caves part of the Underdark. Over time, the roofs of the caves feel, revealing a lush underground ecosystem waiting to prosper. So in essence, the party had found another world not discovered yet, kept hidden and isolated for an enormous amount time. They rested at the mouth of the entrance, keen to recuperate their strength and enter this “new world.”
Wandering through the jungle was slow, and noisy. After some time, they came upon a large beast that UG-GRUB knew immediately as a troll, and it was feasting on some corpses. The ensueing battle was akin to a lynching, the gang grouping around the prone, regenerating body of the troll and burning it to death. This went on until the thing had died, but not without gaining the interest of a small group of lizardmen. A small amount of conversation happened to hopefully not escalate into combat, but the simple tribesmen felt threatened and attacked. Anya killed almost all of them instantly with a well-placed fireball. The survivors flew into the woods terrified. Following them for a short period, they came upon a small fortification of the lizardfolk, in which they were mounting a defense against the party. All of this commotion though gained the attention of something even bigger, as a massive tyrannosaurus rex came forth from the jungle, tearing into the lizard fort and eventually turning its attention to the party.
UG-GRUB took to the air, while the rest of the party dispersed to not become such a small target. The massive beast managed to bite, and swallow UG-GRUB while the rest of the party attempted to cause as much damage to the thing as possible. While the T-Rex set his sites on Adranus, UG-GRUB managed to [perfectly maneuver his massive hammer inside the t-rex and burst it from his chest, herat impaled on the spike of his warhammer.
They traveled north after more rest, and came upon a massive temple surrounded by lizardfolk. There appeared to be some sacrifices being made by two larger lizardfolk at the top of the temple. Some scouting was done by Eldarion. He determined the back of the temple was less occupied, and less guarded. UG-Grub did not see the sense in this and proceeded to charge the 500 or so at the foot of the temple. Two figures then stopped the horde of lizardfolk, and flew out to meet the party. Perfectly identical half-dragons stopped infront of them, exchanged a few words of mockery, and then the fight ensued. UG-GRUB took the brute of the damage from the two, but managed to kill one of them (he wore a very ancient peice of armor, a mantle of courage{looks like very old, ancient armor}). When the other was wounded enough, he flew away back to the temple heights, disappearing into its depths. The small army rushed forward to meet them. During the fight with the two half-dragons though, UG-grub was pushed almost to death, and his demonic presence came out, driving him into a frenzy, nearly killing Eldarion and barely missing Anya before he charged the lizardfolk. He tore into them like an angry god, tearing them limb from limb until they were routed, fleeing for their lives. Ug-grub collapsed from exhaustion, but managed to go forth with the party to investigate the inside of the temple.
Inside the temple, the half-dragon was waiting for them wearing new armor, and carrying a massive shield and sword. He then narrowly killed Ug-grub and Anya, but the party managed to slay him. The room was covered in gold and jewels and riches aplenty.

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A new member to the party!!

The party awoke in a cave. The noticed ruins in the distance, and a figure moving among them. They managed to get up, still a little battered from the previous encounter. Seeing the figure in the distance, the party decided to go down to the ruins, and investigate.
They approached the stranger and found out that she was there to investigate the ruins herself. She was a tielfing looking for interdimensional travel. The party showed her the area they arrived in, and she looked around finding nothing and decided to take them back to her city, Madrid. When they walked outside the cave, the party noticed they were in a desert. But even from a day away, they could tell that Madrid was massive.
When they arrived in the city, the tielfing lead them to The School of Magi where she was studying with her professor. They went into a lecture hall and saw the lecturer, Kalen (mad wizard they met in prison in the shadow realm). Turns out he is a genius with extra dimensional travel. He is excited to see the party, and tells them he wants to have lunch with them and his faculty of the university (in his own crazy way). The party decides to attend lunch and proceeds to eat a whole bunch of really good food. During their lunch, a large bald man in lavish robes, this is the headmaster of the school, Mesotophlos. He sits down with the party and quickly discusses terms of them finding an artifact, a specific suit of armor. They argued about the price for the mission, but agreed to do it for 5000 gold. They then went and rest at a local inn with the first half of the payment (2500 gold). while walking around the city of Madrid, Adranus got slightly seperated from the party and noticed a haggered ol beggar-woman on the street sitting down in a pile of rags. when he was walking past her, she jumped up and grabbed his throat and with black eyes and a multi-tonal voice, said these words

Beware the coming of the Age of Blood
Keeper of the thirster
The Herald of his doom will weaken the land
Least The Blade drink deep
Harken the riders,
Come to quench its insatiable thirst
And break the Throne of marrow and bone
From shadow to chaos to blood they will ride
With darkness and light, water and sand they will ride
for when the heavens bleed, his path is clear
Blood for blood and bone for bone

The woman then lost her black eyes, seemed immensely confused, and sat back down in her rags. A little shaken, he told the party what happened, and found he could perfectly remember not only the words, but each voice spoken.They stole some potions from a local place, and decided to go back to the ruins and look for the armor.
Going back from uneventful, and they went inside a dilapidated building found a narrow staircase going down. Inside they found a hallway with evidence of excavation, Anya explained this was due to the college looking for artifacts and other relics in this area. The went to a restricted area, had to get past some tricky traps, and then went into a room. On the other end of the room, there was a collapsed part of the way leading to a rough=hewn tunnel. Pouring out of this hole was around a dozen hook horrors. After quickly dispatching the beasts (they noticed that the creatures also had leather collars on), the party went down the tunnel to investigate what awaited them.
Down the tunnel, some of the party heard some guttural voices and decided to investigate. Eldarion went down to investigate, and found that the things down there were being quiet, invisible, and trying not to make noise. He reported his findings to the party, and Anya decided to go forward and cast a spell to blind the assailants. She went down, cast the spell, but managed to take 3 crossbow bolts during the casting.

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Battle with the Lich!!!

Once teh party looted all of the items left over in teh Arena, the party took camp in the middle of the giant open Arena to be able to see anything coming. after some hours of rest, UG-GRUB spotted movement coming in to them from all sides, and roused teh party. the swarm of zombies eventually overwhelmed them from all sides (except Adranus who had transformed into a lightning elemental), and the lich approached with his entourage. He commands teh undead to release teh party, and readies for combat.

A fierce fight begins between teh lich, 2 flesh golems, and Marian. UG-GRUB is slain by one of the lich’s spells, and the rest of teh party is paralyzed by his touch, all but Merek. Sensing victory, the lich arrogantly faces off, having exhausted most of his spells and refusing to leave teh battle until all who oppose him are dead and serving him. With a perfect slash from Exordius, Merek gashes the blade deep into the exposed neck of the lich, and fells him with the first and final blow. The lich then warns that even with his death, there will be no victory for them, and looks for UG-GRUB’s corpse in shock.
UG-GRUB’s body begins to convulse and move, unnaturally rising one limb at a time to finally stand. Large leather bat-like wings burst from his back and his horns continue growing from his forehead. “No! I killed you!!!” screamed teh lich. But those were the last words he woudl ever say. UG-GRUB took to the air using his new wings, and plummeted to teh ground smashing the lich’s head in with his mighty hammer.
With the death of the lich’s body, Merek then used Exordius to strike the last phylactery, a ring similar to the previous one with the engraving, “To My Love, Gaven”. Upon striking the ring, he is again transported to the gray misty realm inhabiting the soul fragments of Marian and the lich, Gaven. He finds Marian, who seems happy, mouths “thank you” to him, and disappears. Gaven however, attempts to persuade Merek by offering power in exchange for what little life he has left.
The party then went back to Thay to investigate what happened to him. His once opulent and rich dwelling was now shattered and broken, and its illusion gone. it appeared quite mundane and simple. They found him in the library, broken and bloody, and refusing help. “Go west into the cave” were teh last words he spoke before succumbing to his injuries and dying.
they traveled immediately on to the west, and found the cave. they rested at the entrance, and then entered. Inside the cave was a great open room with a mirror on teh other side. As soon as they entered, their dark forms also stepped out from teh mirrors, and attacked their reflectors. With the defeat of each member, the real party members were sucked back into the material plane at some unknown location. The awoke in some large well-lite cave, with sunlight beaming down from teh broken ceiling. they also noticed a person in teh distance.

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alot happened in such a short amount of time...

Directly after the encounter outside the tower in the inferous Abyss, the party enters the tower easily and then finds a beautiful succubus and UgGrub immediately is dominated by her and controlled to kill the rest of the party. Adranus became a wasp of large proportions and stung her a good bit before she teleported away, to the top of the tower. Following her upstairs, the party came upon the guardian of the tower, and the phylactery of the lich, a powerful vrock! Unfortunately for the vrock, UgGrub was kind of pissed about being dominated, and utterly destroyed the vrock with his very first swing at it, blasting it to pieces before it could finish its spell of destruction. UgGrub noticed a shinny ring around the Vrock’s neck, and took it for his own. With the death of the vrock, the tower they were in began to stumble and crumble, with the party barely making it out before being crushed to death under the rubble. After escaping, they noticed the succubus bleeding and trying to crawl away from them, but obviously not doing such a good job of it. Catching up to her, they interrogated her for information on the whereabouts of the phyacteries. She responded “You already have one, and you will never find the pendant in Elysium.” With this she indicated that a massive force of othr demons and vrocks were flying toward them. The succubus was killed, and the party used the trans-dimensional dagger to go back to Thay’s place.
At Thay’s place, Thay appeared disheveled and almost panicked. His servants were all frantically looking through his library. Thay noticed the ring that UgGrub had taken, and he gently took the ring and carried it to his desk. He then began to tell the party he figured out why there were two phylacteries: the lich had killed his wife as well to harness her soul and put half of his soul in the ring and pendant, and half of her soul in each as well. This would give the stability each item needed to contain the soul, and also allow the lich to better protect himself by having multiple phylacteries. Written on the inside of the ring was “To my Love, Marian”. The party then came to the conclusion that the item needed to be destroyed.
UgGrb nearly broke his massive hammer trying to break the ring on the ground, Merek finally built of the courage to investigate the ring. His sword, Exordius, reacted to the ring, moaning with returning spirits and then the moaning turned into an angry howling. Merek then raised his sword and struck the ring, and there was a great flash that blasted everyone back, save Merek.
Merek’s consciousness was now transported to a realm of grey mist, and infinite space and time. He looked ahead of him, and a small beautiful blonde woman wearing a sheer white dress looked at him, mouthing, “help me”. She then saw something frightening behind him, and turned and ran. Merek turned to an ominous threat of “You will experience pain and suffering as you have never before mortal”. It was the lich. Combat ensued, and Exordius and Merek were found to be the victor. Upon the last stroke, his conscious returned to the shadow plane in Thay’s library to see the rest of the party and people be thrown back by the small explosion, and the ring was split in 2. Thay was ecstatic with joy, seeing as how half of the battle was already won. And then a mighty boom echoed in the hallway. The party prepared for battle, and at that moment 2 flesh golems burst in, with 4 small goblins leading them, one of which was Shithead. The golems were odd though, because they emitted a field that negated magical forces. The party still made short work of them though, and welcomed Shithead back in a somewhat hearty way.
But the worst was not over, as Thay approached the balcony with a somber face, his air of superiority and cockiness returned anew. “Run, this foe is beyond any of you/” he said over his shoulder to the party with certainty that drew their eyes to the front broken in door. A strikenly beautiful woman stood there, wielding a large suit and in the finest black plate mail. Merek immediately recognized her form the realm of grey mist, and Thay jumped down to confront her in blindingly fast combat.
Thay’s servants then hussled the party out of the library into a door that was not there earlier, and obvious emergency escape route, and appeared up at the top of the chasm outside of the city of Menzo. They then snuck into the Arena, and grabbed the loot they had won from the WAR encounter.

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short session at Eric's place

The party spent a couple of days at Hep’s place and had their weapons worked on during the wait. When they decided to leave, Hep let them leave through his sewer grate (basically his toilet). They made a small amount of distance in the tunnels before being ambushed by shadows. The lesser shadows were no threat, but the greater shadow that showed up was. After that fight, Eldarion-Fleetfoot showed up, and told them he was tracking this shadow. He let them know that they could go out the exit into the streets, or they could travel down into a older looking city he found beneath the city of Menzo. They decided to travel down into the city, and eventually were lead out behind the city down a massive chasm, where a glowing coin awaited them. The coin was special, as it came from their home plane. UgGrub smashed down a suspicious looking wall nearby, and broke into Thay’s house! Thay then confessed he had a bigger plan then he first let one, and he had hoped the party would find more information. However, he had a general idea where the phylactery could be. He informed the party that it would probably be in one of 2 locations: a tower in the Abyss, or in the plane of Elysium. The party decided to investigate the Abyss first, and borrowed Thay’s dimensional knife to enter the Abyss.
In the Abyss, they encountered a tough force outside the tower, and are now fighting for their lives in the Abyss trying to enter the tower and destroy the phylactery.

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a beautiful saturday in the shadow realm!!!

This adventure picks up still in the Arena during WAR. The party quickly got back into the fight, ambushing two battling parties of adventurers. this was a quick battle, with nothing much surprising them. The party then watched as some umber hulks and hook horrors battled it out, and the party fought the victors of that match: 2 umber hulks. The first hulk was quickly dispatched, and the next one just took a bit longer, but the party emerged from WAR victorious, and earned the title of Champions of War, 50,000 septims (the currency). The party looted some corpses on the field, and then left (identifying some). They celebrated in a local bar after trying to go find Thay, who had disappeared along with his house.
The next morning they went to replace and stock up on healing potions for further battles, and as they were wrapping up and finishing, a vampire assassin walked in to kill them. He almost succeeded by dominating UgGrub, but was defeated and found to have a letter detailing his targets. The letter was not signed though, so the identity of the culprit is unknown.
The party then went to Hep, and asked for some weapons and armor upgrades. They got some upgrades, and during this process, an apprentice ran in bleeding and informed them that the hundreds dead from the WAR in the arena are now roaming the streets killing as they go. Hep closed up the shop and told the party that Thay paid him a good amount to make sure that the party remained safe when this happened.

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Short Session: Battle!!!
After the stout victory against the minotaurs, the party decided to use their new found wealth on drinking and buying potions for various things. they returned to the mansion, and researched more on liches. They found that liches do have one weakness: their phylactery. This object holds the lich’s soul, and is the true key to destroying it. With that information, the party decided to go forth to the Arena again and compete. It was a special day in the Arena though, called WAR (a massive battle where armies compete, and the winner(s) split the grand prize of 50,000 septimes. With the commencement of the battle, they immediately fought a massive beast, the chimera. While taking damage, the party managed to defeat the beast as well as its two manticores. As soon as the chimera was down though, the half-giant brute that Ug-Grub had previously had quarrel with in a bar in Turek showed up with a small group of orcs. This group was easily defeated, ending with a large amount of both allies and enemies on the field surrounding the party and closing in. Then, a group of bearded devils teleported around the party, slaughtering the mob and leaving the party with just them to deal with. The battle was close and much damage was taken and given, but again the party remained victorious. The session ended with the party still in the Arena and seeing smaller battles throughout the field.
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the patriotic short session

July 3, 2012
No Nick
After the ensuing battle, the party mocked g Grub up as a prisoner and took him into the city, infiltrating the slave pens and fighting some guards there. Felipe learned how to deal with being poisoned. They tried to release some prisoners and just ended up leaving. The fat guard was gone, and Adranus saw a figure clad in red with Merek’s sword, Exordius. They followed him to the luxurious area of the city, and went inside his house. He introduced himself as “Thay” and told the party he had a “problem”. This problem is the local lich who is raising all the people who die int eh city as undead. Thay was not exactly direct is saying how he wants this problem dealt with. He then offered his extensive library to them to research whatever they like. They were provided with the finest food, their clothes were repaired and they researched several things. Merek and Dranus researched some of there weapons history, and found that Exordius can be used to kill a lich. They went to a smithy to try to get cold iron weapons to damage the lich, and meet Hep, the hunchback gnome. He said he would give them cold iron if they killed 10 shades. The party entered the sewers, fought two shades and hated it. They quickly found out they did not have the proper equipment to damage the creatures, and left the sewer.
Afterward, they decided to try to approach the lich and attempt to get a reward for information and double cross Thay. The lich was only interested if they had proof, so they were dismissed. They noticed that fortifications were in place, and the lich seemed to be preparing for something.
They then went to the arena. They fought some weak tieflings, and then 2 minotaurs. The minotaurs flanked a half-fiend minotaur with a massive hammer. The party fought hard, and prevailed the victory, and walked out with 5000 septimes as a victory. Ug Grub liked his new hammer.

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