The 6th Mace of Summer’s Rising
- Having cleared the base floor of the Kingstower, the party looked to the massive double staircase and ascended with anticipation
- At the top of the stairs they found a long foyer, who’s walls were expertly carved in the likeness of a forest, bows wrapping over themselves above to create a tunnel effect. Cyric noted small vertical slits that were hidden within the carvings, and the group decided they must be murder-holes. Sarien inspected the area for traps finding nothing. Still weary of traps, Cyric and Asgrim stepped down the hall, shields facing toward the tree-covered walls. Their apprehension proved justified, as they heard crossbows fire from the walls. It wasn’t normal bolts that flew at the dwarves, but dark arrows covered in a dripping acid. As soon as the bolts struck, they disappeared into ashes, leaving the burning acid where they’d landed.
- Taranath confirmed that they had just experienced a haunting, perhaps another tied to the moment in time of the elves final stand within the great spire. Convinced that the room was now clear, the group moved forward. The dwarves were particularly interested in the massive door at the end of the hall, which they saw was clearly made by dwarven hands, at least in part. The door also showed the intricacy and grace elven sculptors were known for. Asgrim recalled from fables that a renowned dwarven stonesmith from the Furyforge had collaborated with the elves to construct a fantastic door to the throne room of the Kingstower. The group tried for some time to open the door without damaging it, but eventually had to resort to brute strength. Only with the entire party pulling at it’s hangers, did the door give way.
- The throne room beyond was dark besides columns of moonlight that shone though high windows at the back of the hall. On the dias, seated in a place of honor beside the throne, sat a beautiful elven woman playing a harp. The melody she played was haunting and ominous. Asgrim was certain that he had never heard the song before, but realized that the notes and cadence of the performance matched the lyrical meter of the words Andriel had spoken in his sleep. She was playing the song from the clerics dream. Thinking of songs of the fall of Irador, Asgrim also recalled that the great bard and courtesan of the Kingstower, Lily Lillendsong had been lost in the conflict. Somehow, they were seeing her here, and hearing the song she played. From behind the dias flipped a court jester, who danced merrily and juggled large glass orbs, the four pointed hat on his head bouncing with each step.
- The party approached, and Asgrim tried to speak to Lillendsong, reminding her that the tower fell, and her with it, that she no longer needed to remain to entertain a court of ghosts. That enraged her, and the woman’s skin began to peel away, suddenly growing to twice her size, sprouting bloody wings, and growing a massive snake-like tail. The jester also transformed, his skin melting away from flaming tar that poured from his eyes and mouth. The fool no longer juggled glass orbs, but rather bloody heads wearing faces of horror. From behind they heard the sound of scraping stone as more skeletal champions burst through hidden doors in the walls.
- The group was hard-pressed against the undead attack, but eventually cleared the room of these tortured spirits of the past!
- Entering the hidden rooms where the skeletons had come from, they found guard chambers, and the back-side’s to the murder-holes they’d seen in the foyer. Each room had large chests. Opening the first chest, the group found several magical items. Excitedly, Cyric moved to open the second chest, but was attacked by a mimic, a haunting that disguised itself like chests to lure in unsuspecting adventurers. Though none suspected the mimic, they made short work of destroying it, granting them another item!
- The group then found two sets of stairs, one on either side of the throne room, and prepared to ascend higher into the Kingstower.
|Murder Hole Haunting||3||800||1||800|
|Skeletal Champion Footman||4||1,200||4||4,800|
|Subtotal||16,400 / 6|