Knights of Tethyr

Hobgoblin Battle


The battle against Graldrog The Mighty and his Hobgoblin War Band continued to rage on. Hobgoblin archers high up on the cliffs kept a constant rain of arrows falling on the knights. They also unveiled a hidden ballista that fired huge spear like bolts through the air to severely damage Sir Bruce and his comrades. Two ogres and more support troops came forward. Sir Bruce responded by launching a number of fireballs from Inferno – The Spear of Immolation. The first ripped apart some of the archers and the hobgoblins manning the ballista. The next tore into the ogres and more of the hobgoblin spear men and swordsmen. Laska Jendelle spirred her horse up and around one of the bluffs to engage one group of hobgoblin archers. Octavius rode right the rough the chaos to a different bluff housing the ballista. Octavius used his misty step spell to teleport from horseback up to the top of the bluff some 30 feet overhead. There he charged down into the two hobgoblin captains who had put out the fire on the ballista and re-positioned it for attacks. With two viscous swings of TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe, Octavius left the two hobgoblin captains in pieces next to the ballista. He then aimed the ballista at one of the huge ogres who had attacked Sir Bruce and hit him full in the chest.


As Laska Jendelle took care of one side of the archers, there were still 5 hobgoblin archers on the opposite bluff raining arrows down on Sir Bruce. He was also surrounded by hobgoblin spearmen and swordsman as well as two huge raging ogres. It was all he could do to fend off their attacks and hold the line by healing his wounds with his magic as he continued to get hit. But Sir Bruce fought bravely on protected by the magic of his enchanted shield Arrowbreaker.


Just then Graldrog The Mighty burst out of a copse of trees riding upon Beakmaw his huge Owlbear steed. He was leading a host of reinforcements to take back the ballista position. Seeing them bearing down on him, Octavius moved swiftly to the edge of the cliff and peered down to see his steed waiting dutifully 30 feet below. With a brave jump, he leaped off the cliff and landed expertly on his saddle to ride away, denying the hobgoblins their prize.


Laska Jendelle, having delt with one group of archers rode her horse down to lend her aid to the harried Sir Bruce who was still surrounded by foes. The two fought their way clear killing all the ogres and hobgoblins. Octavius road around the escarpment to seek cover from the archers and heal himself. There he saw [[:graldrog-the-mighty | Graldrog] moving swiftly across a section of shallows in the river to pack a hasty retreat. Octavius could clearly see that the shallows were the only sane way across the raging river, so he called out to his friends to give chase and spurred his horse in pursuit. As Sir Bruce and Laska gave chase, Sir Bruce pointed Inferno – The Spear of Immolation up at the last group of hobgoblin archers and let fly another fireball to rip them apart.


Graldrog The Mighty had a good lead on them, but the knights and Laska spurred their mounts on to close the distance as Graldrog riding Beakmaw rounded a switchback up a steep hill and disappeared into a thicket.


Exploring Oakhurst
Trouble with Hobgoblins and Disapearing Girls

The Knights of Tethyr concluded their discussions with Constable Felosial Starsong in the jailhouse of Oakhurst. Felosial led them over to the granary to speak with the town’s mayor, Thadius Moonsong. But as they were crossing town, an old human woman came out of the Oakhurst General Store and approached Laska. She said to her, ‘You shouldn’t be here, my dear. Oakhurst is cursed. You might disappear like the others.’

Felosial looked sternly at the old woman, ’That’s enough, Louisa. No more of that talk. On your way.’ Sir Bruce tried to get the woman to speak more of what she had said, but Louisa looked fearfully at Felosial and slowly moved away. Felosial looked around as if trying to spot some hidden foe and whispered, ‘All will be explained Sir Bruce. Please let us speak with the Mayor.’

The group entered a large building that appeared to be a granary. Inside the saw a farmer tossing some hay bales about. ‘Morning Felosial,’ said the farmer. ‘Thadius is in his chambers.’ The half elf woman nodded and led the group through a door. A male half elf sitting at a desk by a fireplace and writing with a quill and parchment, stopped what he was doing and set down his quill. He stood up and raised his hand in greeting. He was a tall sharp eyed male half elf with long black hair who was very well dressed and extremely polite.


Mayor Thadius Moonsong introduced himself and got to know each of the Knights of Tethyr. Apparently their reputation had preceded them because the mayor expressed his thanks with all of the good deeds they had done for The Village of Tommen. Trade had opened up again along the Old King’s Road and that was very helpful to this small community.

Felosial mentioned to Thadius that the party had been ambushed by Drow outside of town. Both community leaders seemed quite worried at the mentioning of dark elves and seemed quite respectful of their powerful and evil reputations. They pressed each party member for details about the drow assassins. They each voiced concerns that and hoped that no drow would find their way to Oakhurst.

With their fears of dark elves at least partially allayed, Mayor Thadius Moonsong turned to the pressing matters of the town’s security. He explained that there was a powerful hobgoblin war clan that dwelled in the forests of The Wealdath. The Clan was led by Graldrog The Mighty, a cunning hobgoblin war chief. After some skirmishes between some of Constable Felosial Starsong’s guards and the hobgoblins about a year ago, Mayor Thadius Moonsong was able to negotiate a lasting truce with Graldrog The Mighty. Both sides were honoring the agreement and the signed treaty was working well. However, about two weeks ago Sir Mallory Marsdale arrived with his host of woodcutters. They had their sites set on the finest trees in the forest that would work well as masts for his majesty King Haedrak’s ships to fight against the pirate scourge. The best trees happened to be in the area claimed by Graldrog The Mighty. Hobgoblin emissaries warned both Sir Mallory Marsdale and Mayor Thadius Moonsong that such activities were in violation of the treaty. Thadius tried to convince Sir Mallory of his folly. But he does not seem to listen. Both Thadius and Felosial are very concerned and hope that as holy knights, Sir Bruce and Octavius can talk some sense into Sir Mallory Marsdale and convince him to keep his axemen out of the hobgoblin lands. Sir Bruce and Octavius pledged to seek out Sir Mallory and attempt to make him see reason and heed the warnings of Graldrog The Mighty. Sir Bruce secured a copy of the signed treaty from Mayor Thadius Moonsong.

Sir Bruce also brought up the fact that it seemed to him that there was certain demographic missing in the town of Oakhurst. Mayor Thadius Moonsong sighed and admitted that as many as 9 young women have been reported as missing in town. Six young human women named Elsbeth, Frigga, Jessa, Sofie, Triss, and Fiona have been reported as missing by their families. And 3 half elven young women named Kirien, Laira, and Cythien have also disappeared. Most families with young women still in town have kept them safely hidden away in their home, not daring to let them out for fear of losing them. After some questions and answers, Octavius and Sir Bruce found two common threads running amongst all 9 of the missing. The first was that all 9 young women were exceptionally beautiful. The second was that they had an encounter with a human man playing a flute. The young women were somehow glamoured by the music and were led off into the forest. Felosial suspects that some sort of enchantment magic was employed. The Knights of Tethyr vowed to look into the mystery of the missing women and lend what aid they could.

Lastly the party’s original quest given to them by Lady Lymera was discussed. The Gulthias Tree was known to both Mayor Thadius Moonsong and Constable Felosial Starsong. Both knew of the legends of the cursed tree and that it was supposedly growing somewhere in The Great Wealdath Forest. But no further insights were availed.

The party took their leave and began interviewing the families of the lost women. They found that the younger brother of the woman Sofie had witnessed a man he called The Piper playing his flute while his sister danced around the piper. The Piper marched off into the forest and his sister Sofie followed him. The Piper was described as a tall human man in his 20s or 30s with slicked back black hair. He wore a dark blue overcoat with a matching tri-cornered hat. The style of the coat and hat are unusual for Tethyr. Some reports from those that have seen him included the piper having glowing red eyes. Other witnesses and a written diary of young Sofie seemed to confirm these descriptions and circumstances but gave no further clue as to their location or motives.

The Knights of Tethyr stopped in the Oakhurst General Store and met Jarius Dronk. Jarius was a tall man with slicked back black hair and a well trimmed goatee. He was very well dressed in the style of the Tethyrian nobility. Conversations with Jarius revealed that he moved to Oakhurst a few years ago from Castle Tethyr. He said that he has connections there which bring lots of excellent provisions to his store. Most of his goods have moved through town from the roads to the west. But now that the old king’s road to the south is opened up again, he looks forward to Tommen salt and other goods coming through town. Sir Bruce made a good impression on Jarius. Jarius offered him a discount on his goods in the store. Jarius was concerned by the mounting tensions between the hobgoblins and Sir Mallory Marsdale. He hopes that Sir Mallory and his knights deal with the hobgoblins and continue their logging operations which do a lot of business with him purchasing supplies for their logging camps. The Oakhurst General Store is well stocked with rope, farming tools, seeds, and almost any nonmagical item or equipment. Sir Bruce purchased two vials of antitoxin from Jarius Dronk in Oakhurst for 40 GP total. The Master Treasure List was updated.


A large shrine dedicated to Silvanus sits at the edge of the town of Oakhurst. Large braziers of burning coals light the site at night and ward off the chill air. The Knights Of Tethyr had heard that female gnome cleric by the name of Pip Alulin tended the shrine. The party had heard rumors of Pip cultivating magic apples that that heal the sick and cure the blind and the deaf. In fact the town of Oakhurst has an annual celebration called The Festival of the Apple where Pip gifts an magic apple to someone in town in great need. She reportedly knew the forests of The Wealdath better than most and the party wanted to talk with her. However, the first few visits to the shrine were not fruitful in finding her. Eventually the party met her in the evening at her shrine.


The Knights of Tethyr found Pip Alulin to be a short forest gnome who wears earth tones and forest greens. She carried a bow and a short sword and wore the holy symbol of her deity – Silvanus. Her long dirty blond hair often fell in front of her face slightly obscuring her piercing green eyes which looked far older than her years. Her pointed ears always poked up through her hair. Pip spotted the blight wand that Lady Lymera had crafted for Sir Bruce right away. This led to a discussion of the Gulthias Tree. She had of course heard the legends that the original tree grew deep in the Wealdath. But she confirmed her own sightings of dark fey creatures and undead in the forest perhaps attracted by the Gulthias Tree that were similar to what Sir Bruce had seen near The Village of Tommen. Pip wished the party well in their quest to destroy the Gulthias Tree as it was clearly a blight upon the forests she loved so very much. In order to help them in their quest, Pip agreed to scribe spell scrolls for the party. Any paladin spells from her cleric lists could be scribed for a price.

Since it was getting late, the party decided to return to the Ol’ Boar Inn. They spoke with Garron Cooper, the innkeeper about getting a room. They negotiated a rate of 30 silver coins a day for food, drink, and lodging for all 3 members of the party. Concerned for Laska Jendelle’s safety, the party opted for 1 big room with three beds in it. The party did not want Laska disappearing like some of the other young women in town. Although the idea of using Laska as bait to lure The Piper back into town crossed their minds. But since the most pressing issue seemed to be the problems with hobgoblins, The Knights of Tethyr decided to turn in and travel to Sir Mallory Marsdale’s logging camp in the morning to see if they could talk some sense into him and get him to respect Oakhurst’s treaty with Graldrog The Mighty. Octavius Mort spoke to Laska and Sir Bruce about having some history with Sir Mallory Marsdale. Although he had not met the man he married the daughter of his former employer. This woman was very dear to him.


In the morning the Knights of Tethyr rode out in search of Sir Mallory Marsdale’s logging camp. They found it but to their horror found it had been recently attacked by the hobgoblin war band. Knights, guards, and loggers were strewn about the camp. Most of them cut down by swords, riddled with arrows, impaled by spears, or in a few cases ripped apart by something very large. Tents and supplies were still burning and the bodies were fresh. The attack had not been long ago. It may have even have happened over night. The fresh tracks leading away were obvious to the party, the hobgoblins had stolen several horses and wagons and seemed to have rounded up what they could of value. Octavius rushed forward into the camp and searched each body with a look of panic and despair upon his face. After checking each one, he seemed to calm down and his look of despair turned to one of hardened tenacity. Octavius turned to his two friends and said grimly, ‘The Hobgoblins are on the move. It is likely they have prisoners. We must track them down and make them pay for this.’

Track them they did. The mounted Knights moved quickly along the obvious trail. After a couple of hours they came to a narrow ravine with trees and bushes on all sides. A clever ambush had been planned and the party would have rode strait into it if not for Laska Jendelle and her Dagger of Warning. Erupting out of the bushes came 6 hobgoblins. But before they could attack, Sir Bruce called out to parlay using his considerable diplomatic skills. Graldrog The Mighty made himself seen on a hilltop ahead astride an enormous owlbear. Graldrog and Sir Bruce began shouting back and forth and so began some negotiations. They found the hobgoblins felt the terms of their treaty with Oakhurst had been broken. They had warned Sir Mallory Marsdale and Mayor Thadius Moonsong that the logging was a personal affront to them and their territory yet it did not stop. Graldrog The Mighty was willing to talk but Sir Bruce found he had nothing of any real value to offer them. Clearly they were not going to stand down on the power of the treaty alone. The hobgoblins wanted gold that the party simply did not have, having spent all of their loot on gearing up.

So eventually the parlay broke down and Sir Bruce turned to Negotiations with a Longsword to make them see the error of their ways. Sir Bruce and Octavius spurred their warhorses forward and lowered their lances together making short work of the 6 hobgoblins barring their path forward. But 8 hobgoblin archers rained arrows down upon them from elevated positions at the top of the ravines on both sides of them. Their full plate armor protected them, but the hobgoblins proved to have the advantage of the terrain and seemed to be well trained and disciplined warriors, unlike the goblins Sir Bruce had fought before.


Drow Ambush!
Arrival in Oakhurst

Following Lady Lymera’s Wand of Blight Detection, Octavius led the Knights of Tethyr out of The Village of Tommen on the Old King’s Road. The journeyed by horse past the ruins of the goblin caves where Sir Bruce had defeated Blort and his goblin host. The road led through the mountains and down into the heart of the Wealdath – the expansive forest in the northern reaches of the Kingdom of Tethyr.

One evening along the journey through The Wealdath, the party made camp along a stream and had a nice fire to cook their dinner. They split watch. Laska took the first watch, Sir Bruce the second, and Octavius the third. Laska’s watch passed uneventfully. But during Sir Bruce’s watch, Laska suddenly bolted awake along with Octavius. Laska’s Dagger of Warning had alerted them all of danger. A cloud of inky blackness appeared over the fire and everything went dark. But Sir Bruce drew forth Talon and called upon its power to light up the night sky. A brilliant bright 60 foot radius circle of light dispelled the darkness over the fire and lit up an area surrounding them revealing 7 dark elves, a shadow demon, and a yochol demon surrounding them and moving in to attack.





Laska managed to slip away and hide in a small copse of trees. A drow priestess then unleashed a powerful flame strike spell. Sir Bruce and Octavius were engulfed in flame. The drow wizard followed up with a lightning bolt that crackled through Sir Bruce and Octavius. Both knights were hurt badly. The Shadow demon was flying in towards them when Sir Bruce held up his holy symbol of Tyr and invoked the power of his deity. The demon was turned. The holy power of the knight frightened it and it flew away off into the night as fast as it could away from the Sir Bruce.


Octavius moved forward and with a mighty swing of TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe cut one of the drow women completely in half. The battle was brutal and long almost lasting a full minute. Four of the drow were lesser warriors but one of them was a powerful elite warrior who wielded two short swords with deadly precision. It also seemed that both of her blades were coated with a powerful drow poison that did extra damage.


The leader seemed to be a powerful priestess of Loth. She wielded a scourge with 9 whips attached to base rod with sharp pieces of metal worked into the whip strands. The resulting lashes were very painful and seemed to be coated with a thick heavy poison as well.


The wizard cast multiple lightning bolts and blight spells. The blight spell sucked the water and life out of its targets making them wither and die. She seemed unarmored but her mage armor and shield spells helped her defensively.


The Yochol turned out to be one of the most formidable opponents. It was a demon that looked like a slimy pillar of yellow ooze. It lashed poisonous tentacles out of its body and had the ability to use its one central eye to dominate humanoids. Sir Bruce was attacked in such a way but the Paladin was immune to the charmed effect due to his faith in Tyr. So the power could not overcome him.


The Yochol’s poisonous tenatacles attacks were too powerful for Octavius and the knight fell before the demon. Sir Bruce was able to get him back into the fight. But Laska fell before the Yochol as well when trying to keep the creature away from Octavius’ body. Laska was bleeding out when Octavius was presented with s difficult choice. He either had to try to get to her to save her or continue attacking. Unfortunately he realized he could not get to Laska in time and contuned to press the drow. Laska bled out and died failing her third and final death save.


Finally the drow priestess fell before Octavius and thankfully the Yochol demon she had summoned vanished along with her death. The only drow left was the wizard who had cast a fly spell and was flying overhead trying to use a witchbolt spell. Finally she decided to fly awy and make her escape. Sir Bruce would have none of it, however. He hurled two javelins which brought the drow wizard down.

Sir Bruce ran over to Laska Jendelle and found her dead. He said a prayer to Tyr as he quickly rifled through his pack until he pulled out a spell scroll. He read the scroll over her body and waved his hands over her still form in prayer. The revivify spell could bring the dead back to life providing they had not been dead for very long. It was an advanced spell for Sir Bruce, however, and he had to really focus and pray to try and cast it. It was not a given that it would be successful.

The scroll crumbled to dust as Sir Bruce finished the spell. He and Octavius stared at Laska’s still form. The quite was unbearable when suddenly she sat bolt upright and and breathed a huge gasp of air. Laska was alive. She tanked Sir Bruce profusely and they went about the business of searching the drow ambush party for anything of interest.


Using his Wand of Magic Detection, Sir Bruce found the the drow priestess was wearing enchanted scale mail that seemed to be fashioned out of spider silk. Likewise the elite warrior had enchanted studded leather armor made of the same silk like black material. Likewise the two short swords of the drow elite warrior and the scourge of the Drow Priestess were enchanted as well. Laska claimed the whip and the studded leather armor but the swords and the scale mail armor was put in the Heward’s Handy Haversack. Laska found the armor resized magically to fit her perfectly.

The drow priestess also had 3 pieces of parchment. Upon one was a drawing of Sir Bruce’s face with his full name written on the bottom in a strange language. That language turned out to be undercommon and it was able to be deciphered using the read languages spell. On the second was a rendering of Octavius’ face with his name upon it. The third was a drawing of the Captain’s Log for Captain Flense Shagath, the mind flayer captain of The Plundering Madness.

Sir Bruce and Octavius informed Laska about the mind flayer captain who had gotten away and that they had burned his ship to the ground and killed his crew. He was most likely seeking vengance for their actions against him by hiring this group of drow assassins to kill the Knights of Tethyr. They were puzzled by how the drow had tracked them down in the middle of the wilderness. However, they clearly had a powerful wizard and priestess in their ranks and could most likely use potent divination magics to aid their pursuit.

The rest of the evening went without incident and in the morning the Knights of Tethyr continued deeper into the Wealdath led by Octavius’s Wand of Blight Detection. The group began to emerge into large areas where the forest had been cleared and small family farms had been planted. Finally they rode into the small farming community of Oakhurst. The center of town had a collection of 5 buildings plus a large shrine. Laska noticed that her new drow whip and drow armor did not fare well in the direct sunlight. She found both items withered away to smoke in the light. It seemed drow armor and weapons were damaged and destroyed by sunlight.


A grizzled dwarf smith was working the forge outside one of the buildings. The party approached him but he continued to pound his hammer into a piece of heated metal that slowly was staring to transform into a horseshoe. Sir Bruce introduced himself but the dwarf ignored him and continued to work and shape the metal. Octavious spoke up in the dwarven tongue saying a word of greetings. Immediately the dwarf stopped his work and looked at Octavius. They spoke in the dwarven language and gave introductions. The dwarf’s name was Rurik Lutgehr. He thanked Octavius for he had not had a chance to speak his native tongue in almost a year. Rurik told them that they had reached the town of Oakhurst.


As Octavius spoke to the Rurik Lutgehr, Sir Bruce watched as young children played in the street, men worked the fields, old women carried water back to their farms for washing. One thing struck him as odd. Clearly most folk in this town were human or half elven but he couldn’t see any women between the age of 15 and 30. There were young girls and old women but no young women. Rurik Lutgehr told Octavius that he was the finest smith in Oakhurst and would be happy to make any weapons or armor they wanted for a decent price. He was busy filling a large order of wood cutters axes for a new logging operation that had come to town. Seems this new fellow in town by the name of Sir Mallory Marsdale is leading an expedition to get fresh pine lumber for ship making in Zazesspur, a Tethyrian city on the coast. Rurik Lutgehr thinks Sir Mallory is cutting in a very dangerous place and has gained the enmity of a war band of hobgoblins who live nearby. The dwarf referred the party to Constable Felosial Starsong, a half elven woman who is in charge of the town’s soldiers and jail.

Next the party visited the guardhouse and jail where they found Constable Felosial Starsong. She was an old and strong looking half elven woman with a very serious demeanor and no nonsense way about her.


The meeting at the jail included introductions and news from the party about the latest goings on in The Village of Tommen including the new law in town – Warden Felicity Briarpatch. Felosial thanked them for the news and said she would have to visit with Felicity when things calmed down in Oakhurst. She was concerned by the new logging operations of Sir Mallory Marsdale’s expedition. She thinks they may have endangered the truce the the town had negotiated with the hobgoblin war band a year ago. She counts Oakhurst fortunate to have such notable and capable holy men. And asked you to speak with Mayor Thadius Moonsong. Perhaps there might be something you could do to help. She also referred a little more cryptically to some other problems the town is experiencing.


Sir Darius Black Falls
Return to Twin Falls Keep


During the battle of Graveth’s Fort, both Sir Bruce and Octavius had gone down under withering fire from powerful ballistas. Laska had just slipped out of the shadows to administer a potion of healing to Sir Bruce and get him back into the fight.

Sir Bruce healed himself as Laska took on Sir Darius Black and Faith Inhiri. When Bruce got up and back into the fight, she slipped out of combat and over to Octavius to bring him back up as well with one of his potions.

With all three back in the fight they were able to take out first Sir Darius Black. And then Faith Inhiri. When the Tiefling fell she exploded in a foul burst of necrotic energy. There were still 4 brigands manning the ballista towers. Laska took one of them out with a sneak attack shot from her heavy crossbow. Then she scaled the tower to take control of the ballista. It was already loaded. She fired it at one of the brigands across the compound and the ballista spear caught him in the chest and carried him clear off the tower to crumple to the earth below. Octavius did the same, climbing a tower to man a different ballista. When he got to the top, however, he found it had already been fired. Instead of reloading he fired his wand of magic missiles but the spell fizzled as the range was too far. It was a race to see who could load their ballista faster.


Laska was hit by a ballista spear and went down before she could reload. Sir Bruce leaped up on Leadbelly and charged the tower of the final brigand as he took aim with his ballista. Sir Bruce knew he would not get close the distance in time to use his lance so he hurled two javelins. The first found purchase in the man’s leg and the second in his throat as he slumped down dead. Octavius made it to Laska before she bled out and used a healing spell to save her. Octavius grunted, ‘Glad you are back.’ She wiped the bloood from her mouth and smiled, ‘I guess we’re even huh?’ Octavius nodded grimly, ‘Yeah, I guess we are.’

Searching Graveth’s Fort they found the desk of Sir Darius Black. There were papers there documenting the supplies and men of the fort including details on attacks they had made against trade caravans and merchants as well as The Village of Tommen. There also seemed to be a link between the Devil Cult of Bressard Montaine and this group of outlaws in the form of Faith Inhiri who was influencing their decisions and tactics and reporting back to the cult.


They also found 257 CP, 8560 SP, 1400 GP, 60 PP, 5 paintings worth 25 GP each, and box with 10 Emeralds worth 50 GP each. These emeralds were very similar to those the cult had given to the goblin chief Blort and others the cult had dealings with. The fallen Sir Darius Black carried Arrowbreaker – an enchanted shield that Sir Bruce claimed as his own.


The Master Treasure List was updated with each of the three party members getting an equal share of the loot. The three took an extended rest, camping out at the Graveth’s Fort before heading back to The Village of Tommen.

Greeting them was Sir Bentley Dunlavey who asked for a report. He congratulated them on their victory and when learning that they planned to travel back to Twin Falls Keep, asked Sir Bruce to deliver a letter for him to his cousin Duchess Fiona Falconhand. They also checked in with Warden Felicity Briarpatch. She deputized a number of townsfolk to come to Graveth’s Fort with wagons and oxen. All of the weapons and armor and excess trade goods that had been stockpiled by the brigands were brought back to The Village of Tommen in order to aid in it’s defense. Warden Briarpatch asked Sir Bruce to check with Duke Eltan Falconhand as to the fate of Graveth’s Fort. There was a question as to whether it should be burned or garrisoned or simply left empty.


The Knights of Tethyr travelled to Twin Falls Keep without incident. There they met with Duke Eltan Falconhand and Dame Claire Brinewind for an extensive debriefing. Sir Bruce held nothing back. He explained in exact detail all of the party’s adventures including the destruction of the devil cult run by Bressard Montaine, the liberation of the salt mine, and the fall of Sir Darius Black. Duke Eltan was quite impressed. After hearing of Sir Bentley Dunlavey’s rescue from almost certain death, Duke Eltan gave Sir Bruce a token of his appreciation. The Duke gifted upon him Ironbiter. The mighty enchanted lance had been in the Dunlavey family for generations and was given to the Duke upon his wedding to Sir Bentley’s cousin, Fionna. The Duke thought it only fitting that such a family heirloom should be bestowed upon the man who saved Sir Bentley’s life. The Duke also decreed that Warden Felicity Briarpatch should assemble and train a force to occupy and hold Graveth’s Fort so that it would not fall into evil hands again. He gave Sir Bruce a chest of gold to deliver to Felicity to help see to the needs of the garrison to be.


Later that evening The Knights of Tethyr dined with Duke Eltan Falconhand, his wife the Duchess Fiona Falconhand, and her long time friend Lady Lymera. Over dinner, the noble hosts were once again regaled in the stories of the knight’s adventures. Lady Lymera remarked on how the plant samples Sir Bruce had delivered had proven to be quite interesting indeed and wanted to speak further to them about it in the morning in her lab.

The next morning Lady Lymera explained that the samples Sir Bruce had provided her from his encounter with the evil tree had proved most troubling. The tree that Sir Bruce had destroyed was in fact the progeny of an ancient and storied tree of evil known as The Gulthias Tree. Legends tell of a vampire named Gulthias who worked terrible magic and raised an abominable tower named NightFang Spire. Gulthias was undone when a hero plunged a wooden stake through his heart. But as the vampire was destroyed his blood fused with the stake with a dreadful power. In time, tendrils of new growth sprouted from the wood, growing into a sapling infused with the Vampire’s evil essence. From this Gulthias Tree came the seeds from which the first blights were sown.

Seeds from the original Gulthias Tree grow into smaller versions of the original tree and can take root and pollute a forest with evil. They attract other evil creatures such as spiders, evil fey, and undead. And from these saplings grow the blights. Twisted plant like creatures that are evil and thirst for blood.

From the samples of the Gulthias Tree, Lady Lymera was able to craft a magical wand. This wand can be used to direct the wielder in the correct direction to get closer to the ancient original Gulthias Tree, the source of all its evil. Lady Lymera has asked that this source be found and destroyed. Sir Bruce with the assistance of Lady Lymera sent magical word to his superiors in the The Order of the Silver Owl. They agreed that this evil should be sought out and destroyed and confirmed that Sir Bruce follow Lady Lymera’s quest.


Lady Lymera also shared that she would use her skill in the arcane arts to aid their quest. She offered to craft magic items for them in exchange for gold to help her replenish her reagents and components. Sir Bruce spent 5,000 GP on a Javelin +2. Octavius purchased a Necklace of Prayer Beads for 5,000 GP ( with 400 GP of help from Sir Bruce), Octavius traded the arcane spell scrolls of lightning bolt, magic missile, and invisibility for a Ring of Swimming, and Laska purchased Dagger of Warning for 500 GP and Rapier + 1 for 500 GP.

The next day the Knights of Tethyr set out from Twin Falls Keep and traveled back to t The Village of Tommen. There they met with Warden Felicity Briarpatch to deliver the Duke’s decree that she was to assemble and train a force of guards to man Graveth’s Fort to protect the Old King’s Road between Tommen and Twin Falls Keep. The Knights gave Felicity the chest of gold entrusted to them from the Duke to help pay for the garrison. With the limited funds he had left, Sir Bruce purchased two potions of Greater Healing for 250 GP each. He gave one to Laska and 1 to Octavius . The Master Treasure List was updated.

Sir Bruce gifted his trusty war hose Leadbelly to Kip Briarpatch on the promise that he would take good care of him. And then Sir Bruce cast the summon steed spell. A powerful destrier suddenly ran out of the woods to come to Sir Bruce’s side. Sir Bruce gave him an apple and the two were immediately the best of friends. Sir Bruce saddled him up and the Knights of Tethyr rode out of Tommen.

Enter Laska
On to Graveth's Fort

Sir Bruce and Octavius moved swiftly. They had not fully explored the entire complex but they were too badly wounded. Their chief priority was to free Sir Bentley Dunlavey and the human woman from the altars they were chained to. The cold black iron manacles glowed with red infernal runes and were attached to the stone altars. Octavius produced the silver key found on the person of Bressard Montaine. They key fit the lock of the manacles and freed both prisoners. They appeared alive and unhurt but were still unconscious and non-responsive. So Sir Bruce picked up Sir Bentley Dunlavey and fireman carried him towards the door. Octavius did the same with the human woman.

They closed the doors as they went, leaving the temple sealed as they passed through the teleportation circle arriving safely back in Bressard Montaine’s observatory in The Village of Tommen. It was just as they had left it – deserted. Fearing that more prisoners may have been in the unexplored sections of the temple, the knights bound what wounds they could and prepared to return. But first they carried Sir Bentley and the human woman to The Standing Stones to leave them in the care of Felicity Briarpatch. There they found the entire Briarpatch family reunited at last.

Sir Bruce and Octavius went back into the devil cult temple and fully explored it. They found that they had defeated all of the cultists and their guardians. All that remained was the personal bedrooms of Bressard Montaine and Warden Duthane.


They found many incriminating documents on a desk in Bressard’s room. They described various plots and day to day activities of the cult. Sir Bruce packed them carefully in his satchel. In Warden Duthane’s room they found a horrible sight. Desta Triss was chained to Duthane’s bed. Rashid Al-Hassan was in a large cage and had clearly been severely beaten so badly he was barely conscious. Both were freed and brought safely back to The Village of Tommen. Leaving Rashid and Desta with Felicity Briarpatch, Sir Bruce and Octavius went to The End of the Road Inn for a special meeting of the town council convened by Sir Bentley Dunlavey.

The large common room at the inn had been cleared and all the tables put together to form a huge meeting space. In attendance were council members Karn Miller, Louisa Little, Orion Endar, Raquel Richards, Tabitha Jensen, and the newly liberated Sir Bentley Dunlavey. Also in attendance was the freed prisoner Laska Jendelle. Sir Bruce began the proceedings by describing what they had seen at the devil cult and presenting various journals and written documents written by Bressard Montaine implicating both Bressard and Warden Duthane in the cult. Together they had kidnapped citizens of the town including Sir Bentley Dunlavey, Lawrence Briarpatch, and Rachel Briarpatch. Laska Jendelle also testified explaining that she was a member of a trade delegation from Sembia who was interested in bringing Tommen Salt to the city of Saerloon. They were attacked in the salt mine by the trolls and the devil Skarloch. Sir Bentley also described his harrowing experience of rallying the miners to try and protect his investment in the property only to be cut down by the grimlocks and trolls in the dark. Both told of their imprisonment and inevitable sacrifice in an infernal rite were it not for the valiant efforts of Sir Bruce and Octavius to save them.

Many questions were asked an answered. The Council thanked Sir Bruce and Octavius for their help. They offered them joint ownership of Warden Duthane’s old house. The two nights accepted the gift and now use it as a base of operations while staying in The Village of Tommen. With Duthane dead, the town needed a new warden. The council offered the job to Sir Bruce but the knight kindly declined explaining that he had to follow Tyr’s will and go where he was needed which may or may not be Tommen in the future. Sir Bruce artfully suggested that Felicity Briarpatch be given the mantle of warden. After some discussion, it was unanimously agreed to. Felcity was offered the job and she graciously accepted.

Sir Bruce asked that Persephone Montaine be brought before the council. She was and Sir Bruce asked permission to cast a zone of truth spell. The spell would not allow those within its area to tell a lie. The Sir Bruce questioned Persephone Montaine about her involvement with the cult. She denied any knowledge of it or any knowledge of her father’s involvement or that of Warden Duthane. Sir Bruce also asked his questions of Laska Jendelle when hearing her story while in the zone of truth. However, Laska made her save against the spell and was not affected. But none in attendance doubted the veracity of her claims.

Sir Bruce asked the council about Sir Darius Black and his men at Graveth’s Fort. All agreed they were criminals – highwaymen who had stolen Raquel Richards’ cattle and attacked many travellers seen first hand by Tabitha Jensen. It was agreed by the council that Sir Bruce and Octavius should destroy graveth’s fort and bring Sir Darius Black to justice.

It was decided by the council that all of Bressard Montaine’s property and possessions would pass to his daughter Persephone Montaine. Sir Bruce and Octavius were to have joint ownership of the Duthane property. Felicity Briarpatch was to be the new Warden of Tommen. And the two knight’s were granted permission to bring justice to Sir Darius Black.

After the proceedings were complete, Laska Jendelle approached the knights. Her employment with the trade coster from Sembia had ended with the death of the rest of the trade delegation. She owed the two knight’s her life so she offered to join their adventuring company as an equal member. She had many skills. She was well trained in combat arts, stealth, and negotiation. In exchange for her services she would be entitled to keep 1/3 of any treasure found on their adventures. The two knights agreed to the terms and Laska Jendelle became a member of the party.


Sir Bruce and Octavius spent some time resting at their new house and invited Laska Jendelle to stay in the guest room. They discussed their plans to attack Graveth’s Fort and bring justice to Sir Darius Black. They took the time to look over the treasure they had won in Lady Fierna’s temple. The wand was black with a crystal shard tied to the end with strips of leather. It was determined to be a wand of magic detection. Bressard Montaine’s iron staff adorned with emeralds was not magical other than it was a focus for his warlock spells. A chest containing 400 emeralds worth 10 GP each were nonmagical. The golden amulet, however, was an Amulet of Health – a rare item requiring attunement that granted its wearer a 19 CON. The silver helmet was a Helm of Comprehending Languages. The Golden Ring worn by Bressard was a Ring of Spell Storing -a rare item requiring attunement.

Later the party visited Felicity Briarpatch and congratulated her on her new position as town warden. In order to prepare for their assault on Graveth’s Fort, Sir Bruce purchased the following potions from Felicity: 4 anti-toxins (2 each),* fire breath* (Bruce), climbing (Octavius), fire resistance (Bruce), necrotic resistance (Octavius), and lightning resistance (Octavius). The total spent was 1300 GP. Felicity also thanked them for the return of her parents by brewing two greater healing potions and giving Sir Bruce and Octavius each one of the potions as a gift. The Master Treasure List was updated.


The party visited the Salt Mine and met with Jarik Goth. He showed them that his improvements to the mine were finally all coming together. The magical gate the underdark was still sealed off as he had promised. A thick 5 foot stone wall and two locked iron doors sealed it off from the rest of the mines. Goth insisted that 3 guards had been on watch at the doors the entire time the knights had been gone and that nothing had some through those doors. Sir Bruce bid the dwarf to open the doors. He did so and they found the gate just as they had left it. After some debate, the Knights and Laska agreed to destroy the gate. They had Jarik Goth summon some of his miners with pick axes to smash the ring of stone forming the gate. Once the magic circle was broken, the magic faded away and the gate was sealed.


Sir Bruce and Octavius did something similar in the observatory, prying up the wooden boards upon which the magic circle had been laid. In so doing that magic circle was also destroyed and its magic faded away, sealing the evil devil temple off from the observatory.

Sir Bruce purchased a high quality riding horse for Laska Jendelle for the sum of 75 GP in town. Laska was fully geared up with armor, weapons – including a whip, rapier, and heavy vrossbow she had claimed from Bressard Montaine’s armory in the observatory. Fully rested and healed, everyone mounted up. Octavius frowned and said in his gravelly deep voice, ‘BlackSir Darius Black must pay his debt to Hoar.’ Each of the knights nodded and rode off towards Graveth’s Fort.

The plan began perfectly. Under cover of darkness Octavius hid in a copse of trees overlooking the fort to the north, close to the northeast guard tower. Laska Jendelle rode her horse right up to the main gate. She was hailed by the guards and asked to state her business. She said that she wanted to join up with them. She told them quite a convincing story of how she was down on her luck, interested in coin, and extremely well trained in combat. Sir Bruce, following on the road behind Laska in the darkness, was impressed by the woman’s guile and charisma. She was quite well spoken and had an unsettling command of language and speechcraft.


The guards opened the western gate and as it creaked open, Sir Bruce spurred Leadbelly into action. He burst through the door and rode down the gatesman, trampling him beneath the thundering hooves of his heavy warhorse. Laska Jendelle followed Bruce swiftly through the gate and then leaped off her horse to roll into the shadows at the foot of the stairs leading to the gatehouse and vanished into the darkness. Octavius heard the commotion and sprung into action. He quaffed the Potion of Climbing. and ran down the hill to the base of the tower.

Each tower had a manned ballista. There were 7 in all. The one guard on the northeast tower saw Octavius running out of the woods and fired at him but missed the mark. The other 6 trained their ballista at Sir Bruce. One fired at his horse and the 5 at the knight himself. Sir Bruce used his shield to protect Leadbelly, but had badly misjudged the range and power of the ballista. The huge siege weapons fired spear sized bolts with deadly accuracy to damage him greatly. The onslaught was difficult indeed. Sir Bruce was badly wounded and bloodied.

Sir Bruce yelled out to his comrades to take out the ballista towers as men began to run out of tents to see what was happening. Octavius did just that climbing right up the side of the tower thanks to his potion as the bandit fought furiously with his ballista to reload it. Just as he finished he looked up to find Octavius and saw him standing over him, TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe held high. The huge axe swiftly descended as Octavius leaped down onto the tower floor cutting the man through his chain mail armor cleanly in half. Octavius smiled grimly and swung the loaded ballista around towards the inside of the compound.

Meanwhile the guard at the main gate reloaded his ballista and began sighting it on Sir Bruce when a whip cracked out of the darkness and lashed around his neck. There was a sickening snapping sound as the whip was yanked back. The man’s head hung limp and his body crumpled down off the tower. A lithe shadowy form climbed up the ladder and kicked the fire brazier off the top of the tower in a shower of sparks and plunged the top of the tower in darkness. Then suddenly a deadly thwap was heard as a huge bolt from the ballista flew out of the darkness of the tower to impale another of the tower guards on the other side of the compound. With a satisfying thwack the huge spear like bolt flew through the air and caught the highwayman full in the chest picking him up and launching him into the air and off the wall of the the fort with a terrible scream.

Bandits and highwaymen began to rally and move towards Sir Bruce. The knight had dismounted seeking cover behind a building. He fought hard swinging Talon with bold strokes and hewing his enemies like wheat. But they kept coming and the devastating ballista fire kept coming as well. Sir Darius Black and his second in command Sir Merril Redgrave got to their horses and mounted up. Sir Merril charged Sir Bruce with his lance and delivered a nasty blow. A mysterious female figure emerged from a tent to join the battle. She was clearly a Tiefling woman with horns and green hair. Faith Inhiri was her name and she called upon the power of Lady Fierna creating a swirling maelstrom of black energy around her.


Octavius took a bead on Faith Inhiri and gently stroked the trigger. The ballista tore through the swirling maelstrom to greatly injure the Tiefling. Not wanting to reload the ballista, Octavius slid down the ladder to join the fray in melee. He cut through bandits and used a Potion of Necrotic Resistance as he pressed the attack on Faith Inhiri. As he cut into her he felt the dark magics of the maelstrom surrounding her eat away at his soul. But the necrotic damage was partially resisted through the magic of the potion. But suddenly 2 ballista bolts tore into his hip and his shoulder. Sir Darius Black laid into him as well with some mighty blows. And suddenly Octavius Mort went down.

Sir Bruce was hard pressed he had healed himself but the onslaught was too great. He was trying to fight his way to the side of Octavius but he knew he would not make it. There were too many men between him and his friend. But Sir Bruce gritted his teeth and put his head down. In an act of desperation he drew forth Inferno – The Spear of Immolation and let loose a ball of fire. The huge ball of flame lit up the night sky. The bandits screamed as 5 foot soldiers and Sir Merril Redgrave fell to the ground as charred corpses. Sir Darius Black and Faith Inhiri were badly burned and bloodied but still alive.

Sir Bruce ran towards them but 2 ballista bolts caught him in the back and he staggered forward. The mighty knight fell to one knee and then completely collapsed and everything went dark.


Sir Bruce felt a sweet warm liquid in his throat. He just had his own potion of greater healing poured down his throat. The darkness faded away and Sir Bruce found himself lying on his back on the ground with Talon still clenched tightly in his mailed fist. He opened his eyes and looked straight up at the crotch of Laska’s leather pants as she stood over Sir Bruce with her short sword in one hand and whip in the other brandishing them menacingly. When he realized what he was looking at, Sir Bruce blushed. Laska Jendelle looked down at the knight between her legs and winked. She smiled and said, ‘Come now Sir Bruce, no lying down on the job. There are brigands to slay. Get yourself up and back into the fray.’

Sir Bruce looked around quickly and saw Sir Darius Black and Faith Inhiri, the tiefling woman, still standing 10 feet away. Four of the ballista towers were still manned. Each ballista was loaded and ready to fire. Octavius and Max were still down.

Ending the Devil Cult Leadership

Sir Bruce and Octavius opened a large double doors using the emerald pentagram necklace recovered from Adrick Demolith. Beyond the door they saw a huge room with 10 foot wide and 10 foot high raised walkway ringing a large open area with a sandy floor. Four stone altars were in each of the four corners of the room. A humanoid figure was chained to each altar. Three figures stood around the northeast altar. An immense six armed stone statue of Lady Fierna dominated the center of the room. Each of her six arms wielded a different weapon in a menacing fashion – a war hammer, mace, broadsword, flail, longsword, and battle axe. On the far side of the room on a raised balcony were four figures seated in chairs looking down at what has happening below.


Upon the northwest altar laid an older human man in richly decorated garb. From the heraldry upon his tunic, Sir Bruce instantly recognized the man as Sir Bentley Dunlavey. He was not moving but had no recognizable wounds upon him. The shackles securing him to the altar were cold iron and had red glowing runes scribed into them. Upon the southwest altar was a young human woman wearing black leather pants and a red shirt with an exposed midriff in the style of Sembia. She was also chained in the strange glowing shackles and was not moving. But she too looked alive with no apparent wounds. The human on the southeast altar clearly did not fair as well. The human man in plate armor had his head cleanly severed at the neck. Blood was pouring out of his body, funneled down the altar and collecting in a large brass vessel. Another human man who looked quite dead was on the northeast altar. Two female tiefling cultists Estaria and Lilith had carefully removed the man’s heart, performed some foul ritual upon it, and were in the process of sewing it back into his chest cavity. Behind them, Elphaba, an erinyes devil, stretched her feathered wings expectantly. She was well armored with black platemail and well armed with a longbow and longsword.


Up in the balcony was sitting one new face three very familiar faces. Bressard Montaine sat on a throne like chair on a raised dais with a commanding view of the room. Warden Duthane sat to his right staring intently. To Bressard’s left was a new face – that of High Inquisitor Valarian, a human male wearing a devil cult mask. And to his left was seated the salt encrusted Devil Skarloch. Sir Bruce strode boldly into the room and called out, ‘This ends here, Bressard. There is no escape for any of you.’

Bressard Montaine narrowed his eyebrows and said:

So you survived the Gauntlet of Death I had laid before you. Pity… You would have been a fine addition to Adrick’s collection. Now it seems I shall have to add him to it. Fitting end for that crazy bastard I suppose. Sir Bruce, you have arrived just in time to save Sir Bentley Dunlavey or most likely die trying. But must it really come to that? You have proven yourself to be most capable. Most capable indeed. Remember looking through my telescope? Stare into the heavens for too long and you feel them staring back. They whisper infernal secrets for those with keen enough ears to hear. Cast off the shackles of Tyr and Hoar. They ask too much of you and give so very little in return. My Lady Fierna gives me so much… If you only knew the pow-er…

Sir Bruce resolutely replied, ‘I would never join you. You have sold your soul to devils and done unspeakable things. Tyr’s justice has found you out and you will pay for your wrongdoings.’ With that he quaffed a Potion of Speed and Octavius quaffed a Potion of Invulnerability.

Bressard Montaine shook his head and frowned even deeper, ‘You men of faith are such a waste.’ He turned his gaze to Estaria, Lilith, and Elphaba below and said, ‘Kill them both and bring me their heads.’

Elphaba unfurled her wings and launched into the air. She flew up and over the statue and landed about 30 feet from Sir Bruce. She unslung her bow and fired an arrow dripping with poison at Sir Bruce. but the knight raised his shield just in time to deflect the arrow out of harms way. Estaria moved closer and cast a hold person spell on Octavius. The knight was captivated by her evil beauty. Octavius could do nothing but stand and stare at her. All thoughts of combat left him. Lilith also moved forward and cast a spell. She commanded Sir Bruce to grovel before her. But Sir Bruce was too strong willed. He resisted her spell and moved forward to engage Elphaba. With a big swing of Talon, he cut into one of her wings.

Bressard Montaine then turned to High Inquisitor Valarian and commanded him to unleash the Statue of Lady Fierna. Valarian drew a rod out of his robes and began manipulating it. The huge stone statue of Lady Fierna in the center of the room then lurched into motion. The statues six arms each held a different weapon and one by one they began to swing down and attack Sir Bruce. The war hammer crackled with lightning, the mace ebbed with necrotic energy, the broadsword blazed with fire, the flail dripped with poison, the longsword whispered with cold, and the battle axe sizzled with acid. Each round one of the weapons crashed down to attack Sir Bruce from on high, but each time he was able to deflect them with his shield while continuing to fight Elphaba mono a mono. Estaria and Lilith continued to hurl spells at Sir Bruce as well but his resolution was absolute and he did not succumb to them.

Sir Bruce commanded Max to enter the frey and occupy the two tieflings. He admirably drawing some attacks away from the knight and even biting one of the cultists. After two round Octavius finally broke the hold person spell which had him fixed in place and out of the fight. He responded by moving swiftly to Sir Bruce’s side and helped him with the Eryines Devil Elphaba. Sir Bruce read a spell scroll of bless providing holy guidance to the two knight’s attacks and saves. Guided by the heavens above, with two mighty blows from TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe, Octavius laid the fiend Elphaba low.

Skarloch cast a spell and bathed the area surrounding the knights in darkness. The devils with their infernal site were able to see through the magical darkness. But it only lasted a short while as Sir Bruce called on the power of Talon to emit a bright light that pierced the darkness and illuminated the room once more. With Elphaba slain and his darkness thwarted, Skarloch stopped laughing and teleported down into the battle. With a wave of his hand a salt encrusted viscous scimitar appeared in his scaly hand. He cut wickedly into Octavius. The infernal wounds from the fiendish blade were even more painful and could not be healed by magic.


Warden Duthane stood up from his chair and took out a crossbow. He began raining bolts down upon the knights and he moved along the height of the walkway that surrounded the room. Likewise Bressard Montaine moved along the other side of the room along the walkway and cast spell after spell upon the knights of tethyr. The first was a deadly contagion spell unleashing a slimy doom disease upon the knights that would have caused them to bleed uncontrollably and stun them but the paladin virtues of both knights protected them. Their immunity to disease completely negated the spell’s effectiveness against them. Frustrated, Bressard Montaine tried another of his most powerful spells – harm. But it too relied on disease being the vector of damage so it too failed to hurt the two paladins. He finally resorted to an eldricth blast which proved quite effective. He leveled his iron staff adorned with emeralds at Sir Bruce and unleashed the spell which smashed into the knight with magical force.

The battle raged on with both Skarloch and Lilith falling before the wrath of the enchanted knights. Octavius’ invulnerability from the potion he took proved incredibly valuable as he soaked up massive amounts of damage. Sir Bruce’s speed granted him extra attacks that he used very effectively with a slashing Talon. Max managed to stay in the fight incredibly despite being bathed in flames by Estaria and smashed by her mace. With the battle turning against them, Bressard Montaine ordered Warden Duthane to press the attack. Duthane leaped down into the sandy floor of the room and charged forward with his greatsword. He hurt Sir Bruce badly forcing him to heal himself after the onslaught.


Soon Estaria fell and then even Warden Duthane could not withstand the onslaught of the Knights of Tethyr. Bressard Montaine grew concerned he moved towards one of the exits as Sir Bruce leaped up and grabbed the edge of the walkway and hauled himself up to the balcony. High Inquisitor Valarian bought Bressard some time as he got in the way of Sir Bruce to try and slow him down. But Sir Bruce was still incredibly fast. With three swift strikes High Inquisitor Valarian fell before him as Bressard fled through a door and down a flight of stairs.

Sir Bruce, Max, and Octavius were in high pursuit running down the stairs after Bressard Montaine when the warlock unleashed a lightning bolt up the narrow staircase. The damage was too much for Sir Bruce and Max. Both fell down onto the stairs bleeding out. But Octavius having just previously healed himself sustained the damage from the lighting bolt and pressed the attack.


Octavius caught Bressard Montaine at another door and unleashed a flurry of attacks. He cut deeply into the warlock but found himself engulfed in flames from a hellish rebuke and then frozen by Bressard’s Armor of Agthys. Bressard was fumbling with his pendant trying to open the next door to escape. Octavius looked worriedly at Max and Sir Bruce. Max had seemed to stabilize and was simply unconscious but Sir Bruce was in a bad way. He had failed 2 death saves and was bleeding out. Octavius looked back and forth. His choice was clear. Bressard was severely wounded and most likely could not withstand another round of attacks from Octavius but one more failed save and Sir Bruce was dead. Octavius cursed Bressard under his breath and said, ‘this is not over…’ He then ran over and gave Sir Bruce a Potion of Greater Healing to get him back in the fight.

Bressard laughed as he opened the door and ran into the next room calling out ‘Althea Hope protect me I must summon Lucien’ Octavius and Sir Bruce rushed into the room to find two female tiefling cultists blocking their way and in the background Bressard Montaine chanting at a summoning circle. Octavius moved forward and tried to hack his way through to Bressard to stop him but could not get past the tieflings. The Sir Bruce leaped over a desk and chair and as he came down brought Talon down in a wide arc to cut deep with a critical hit into Bressard’s shoulder like in Rob Roy’s final duel. Bressard crumpled to his knees and expired.


But Bressard smiled as he watched with his dying breath his tiefling disciple Hope Despara step into the summoning circle and slit her own throat to complete the summoning. With an infernal roar a winged black horned devil stepped out of the summoning circle. It raised its burning pitchfork and attacked with it twice and its tail twice. From great triumph loomed despair as Lucien, the horned devil pressed the attack.

Octavius pulled out all the stops swinging TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe as hard as he could. He hurt the horned devil badly and got its attention immediately. The wrath of the creature was mighty indeed. Sir Bruce felled Althea Dursley and turned to help Octavius battle Lucien.


With a powerful thrust Lucien’s flaming fork went clear through Octavius’ chest. He crumpled to the ground before Sir Bruce who fought bravely on but knew he alone would not be able to defeat Lucien. So Sir Bruce used a healing potion on Octavius and brought him back into the fight. Again the battle raged on with Octavius laying some more powerful hits on Lucien. But this time Octavius was struck by the devil’s tail. The scaly tail wrapped around the knight and began constricting him so tightly that it literally squeezed the life out of Octavius. As Octavius fell to the ground having gone down for a second time, Sir Bruce took a wild swing and made a critical hit (the 4th one of the battle).

As Lucien glowered over the fallen body of Octavius, he shuddered for a moment and looked down at his chest. The tip of a fey blade had emerged. Sir Bruce then twisted Talon free in a shower of gore and the Lucien crumpled to the ground dead.


Sir Bruce went down on one knee and took a deep breath. He looked over to Octavius and saw that he was still alive. He used a potion of healing to bring him to consciousness. Both knights looked at each other and slowly surveyed the carnage. They both said silent prayers to their deities as they could not believe they had made it through this devil worshiping temple alive. It was an incredible feat indeed with such powerful enemies arrayed against them.

The knights quickly searched the bodies and the rooms they had just been in. In the summoning room they found a chest containing what looked like a wand of some kind. It was black with a crystal shard tied to the end with strips of leather. Bressard Montaine had his iron staff adorned with emeralds on his person as well as a very ornate looking ring and a silver key. He was also wearing a cold iron pentagram with an emerald stone in the center similar to the one worn by Adrick Demolith. In the adjacent bedroom was another chest containing 400 emeralds worth 10 GP each, an golden amulet, and a silver helmet.


Battle of The Collection Room

The Knights of Tethyr were squared off against male human cultist Adrick Demolith and his fellow female Tiefling cultists Svatlana Sharn and Delista Mohn. A huge Barbed Devil named Gollarach was also protecting the room. Adrick’s familiar, the imp Telmik, was also in the room although he was mostly invisible and difficult to spot.

Each round on his turn Adrick Demolith was manipulating some sort of controls of an arcane device on a raised dais connected to a machine. The machine was pumping green liquid into one side of a dead human woman’s body and pumping out a blue liquid on the other side and collecting it in vials. Adrick would pull a lever and one of the blue vials would drain away and the stone pillars attached to the dais would glow with infernal runes. Pink liquid would then pour out of the pillars in 4 streams. Each stream formed into a grotesque pink devilish creature called a Lemure. The Lemures looked like pink blobs with roughly humanoid features like a head and claws. Each round for 3 rounds Adrick brought 4 more lemures into the room in this manner from the machine creating 12 in all. The lemures were easy to hit and had few hit points but a round after they went down their hellish rejuvenation would bring them back up to full strength. So they were difficult to deal with.


Svatlana Sharn was the first of the female tiefling cultists to be seen. She had four horns coming out of her head and had been working on something in the adjacent eastern room that had left her face and robes splattered in blood. Later the party searched the room and found a number of posed dead preserved creatures. These specimens were clearly part of the collection and included a cockatrice, a mind flayer, a hobgoblin, and a freshly killed unicorn. It seemed most likely that Svatlana had been covered in unicorn blood.


The other female tielfing entered the room a round into the battle. Delista Mohn came into the room from the western door. She carried with her a huge chalice filled with some sort of blood. She took a large drought from it before entering the battle and laughed as the blood dripped down her chin and onto her cleavage. The room was later searched and found a strange coffin like metal tank containing the body of a human man with his face quite visible through a pane of glass in the tank. Some sort of machine was pumping liquid out of the tank and filling a large vat which is where the knights believed Delista had filled her chalice.


All three cultists had a number of spells at their disposal which they repeatedly cast upon the knights. Hold person, inflict wounds, sacred flame, and command were most often employed. But wisdom and a good deal of luck was on the side of the knights on this day and they were able to shake off most of the effects and not fall prey to the fell infernal magic. Sir Bruce was able to use his channel divinity to call on the power of Tyr to Turn the Unholy on the fiends in the room. Four of the Lemures and Telmik were frightened by the power of Tyr and ran away from Sir Bruce. They were unable to fight and only came back into the fight 10 rounds later after a minute had passed and the duration of the turn was up. Octavius used his different Chanel Divinity Power to speak a prayer of denouncement upon Gollarach. This abjured the enemy fixing him in his spot and not allowing him to move and also overcoming him with fear. In this frightened state Gollarach could still fight but all his attacks were at disadvantage. So for most of the battle he wound up hurling flame at Octavius or Sir Bruce. This really helped keep many of the devils at bay and was a key to The Knights of Tethyr Victory. Sir Bruce also knew well that these devils were all immune to fire, but the human and tielfing cultists were not. He blew up two fireballs from Inferno – The Spear of Immolation that played a major role in slaying the cultists.


After each fireball went off, Adrick Demolith was badly burned and hurt but he jumped off the dais to the part of the machine with the green liquid filled glass tubes. He pulled the tubing off of the machine and drank the green liquid. As he did so, Adrick’s wounds vanished. It appeared that the liquid had powerful healing properties. Sir Bruce’s armor and shield had protected him from most killing blows as he was swarmed by the lemures and bathed in flame by the cultists and Gollarach. But his wounds had added up. When Sir Bruce finally attacked Gollarach head on, he released him from his frightened state of abjurement brought on by Octavius’ channel divinity. Free from the effect, Gollarach unleashed his full complement of attacks. A claw, claw, spiked tail triple attack that laid Sir Bruce low. Octavius bravely filled the breach and fought Gollarach toe to toe while standing over Sir Bruce’s body which was rapidly bleeding out.


Octavius fought bravely and cut deep into Gollarach with TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe. But with Sir Bruce down and the duration of his turn the unholy completed, the invisible Telmik finally appeared behind Octavius and drove his poisoned stinger right into the back of the brave knight. As the poison coursed though his body, Octavius continued to press the attack against Gollarach thinking his only chance was to cut down the creature before it could do any more harm. Max also helped by moving into a flanking position behind Gollarach and giving Octavius advantage on his attacks. Max himself was able to sink his teeth into the devil and drag him off his feet. But Gollarach got up quickly and after some additional hits, Octavius’ wounds were too great. So he decided to bring Sir Bruce back into the fight by pouring a healing potion down his throat.

Sir Bruce got up and delivered two definitive blows the Gollarach finally laying him low. Octavius cut down the imp Telmik but there were still the 4 lemures to deal with who had previously fled the fight after being turned by Sir Bruce. After trading some blows, they too were destroyed.

With the battle won, the Knights of Tethyr searched the Collection Room. There they found a macabre collection of dead bodies lovingly and beautifully preserved. A troll, mer folk, hobgoblin, pig, wolf, cockatrice, mind flayer, dryad, and many more strange creatures were part of the collection. They were posed in different positions and looked like they were alive. But they were cold and dead. The Knights shook their heads. The diabolical machine connected to the corpse of the human woman had healed Adrick Demolith when he had drank from it. Sir Bruce sniffed at it and taste a bit on his tongue. It tasted very much like a potion of healing but even stronger. He hesitated for a moment gazing upon the ravaged corpse of the human woman attached to the machine but then drank from the tube. He felt his strength return as all of his wounds vanished. Octavius followed suite and with all of their wounds healed, they filled 4 empty potion bottle with the remaining blue liquid. This resulted in 2 potions of greater healing for each Knight.

In a library section of the room there were all manner of books about devils, summoning, preserving bodies, potion making, and other works. There was also a special section which included a book describing each creature in the collection, who they were and where they were from. A complete history of how the creature had come to be in the Collection. Mixed in with the many potions of components and reagents, the Knights found the following potions: invulnerability, longevity, and speed. Some spell scrolls were also recovered including scrolls of bless, command, zone of truth, lesser restoration, remove curse, and revivify. The Master Treasure List was updated.

At full strength and knowing time was of the essence if they were to have a chance of saving any more of the prisoners especially Sir Bentley Dunlavey, who Blix had said had just been removed from the prison, the two knights decided not to take any rest but to press on. Adrick Demolith, Delista Mohn, and Svatlana Sharn were each wearing a cold black iron pentagram necklace with an emerald in the center. The knights hoped this would open one of both of the final two doors in the main chamber.

The Redemption of Godrick
Don't Become a Part of the Collection

The Knights of Tethyr continued their exploration of the devil cult temple. The next room was a large prison with cold iron cages, chains hanging from the ceilings, hooks, manacles on the walls, two racks, and a door on the other side of the room. As the knights walked down the hallway towards the room Sir Bruce’s sword Talon shed a brilliant light that illuminated their path. They could see a human body stretched out on the rack. Two other humans in cages – a man and woman who looked either unconscious or dead. And a small goblin was in the closet cage. The goblin whispered to Sir Bruce:


Psst.. Careful… Careful… One more step and they will know you are here. You can’t see them but they are there. Please you must free me. Some stupid knight killed Blort so they don’t need me anymore. They are going to give me to Adrick. I don’t want to be part of the collection. I am Blix. Please let me go. I will do anything. I will tell you secrets… I know secrets…

He warned them of the evil that lurked in the room. Sir Bruce wanted to ignore him, but Octavius parlayed with Blix and bartered what information he could including the following:

1. This prison is guarded by 2 powerful beings: Godrick and Barakas
Godricksad… so sadThey make him do things he doesn’t want to do. Powerful magic he has and a fiery sword. I fear Godrick more than Barakas but both are deadly opponents.

BarakasA devil who wraps himself in chains. He makes the chains come alive. Don’t look at his face… never look at his face.

2. The Two Human Prisoners – The two humans are from The Village of Tommen. They are some of the last prisoners left alive . They just took Dunlavey. He seemed important but I doubt he’s still alive. They do terrible things to folk down here. I don’t understand it. I just want to leave.

3. Blix – Son of the Goblin Chief Blort
Blort made a deal with Warden Duthane. Pretty emeralds in exchange for keeping some pretty human girl captive. She was not to be touched or harmed though. I was taken as a hostage to keep my father honest and sticking to the deal. Then some stupid knight killed my Dad and I became expendable so they threw me in here. Luckily Duthane only talks about Desta Triss now. Apparently he has her here somewhere. So he has thankfully forgotten about me. But Adrick wants me for his collection.

4. Other Side of the Door – Adrick Demolith and his collection of dead things. He’s mad… completely mad! He says he doesn’t have a goblin in his collection. He needs me for The Collection but I don’t want to go.

Preparing as best they could from Blix’s information, the two paladins cast protection from evil spells and entered the prison. Two shadowy forms slid out of the darkness in the back of the room near the door. One of them spoke in a booming voice:

I am Godrick guardian of this place. Leave now or be destroyed.


Sir Bruce strode forward and tried to parlay with Godrick but he would have none of it and attacked in a wild rage. He drew forth a huge greatsword and it burst into flame. The fallen angel then clenched a fist and opened it unleashing a blast of radiant energy that smashed into both Sir Bruce and Octavius. Luckily their protection from evil spells helped minimize the damage and stopped them from being knocked prone. Barakas, the chain devil, raised his hands and the chains hanging throughout the prison room came alive. Barbs and hooks grew out of them and they began to swing wildly around. Sir Bruce managed to use his shield to keep them away from him but Octavius was truck soundly by a large heavy chain and wrapped in it to a grappled condition.

Sir Bruce rushed forward to attack Barakas. But as he closed the gap he looked at the face of the chain devil and saw not the face of the devil but of his own father. Sir Bruce hesitated for a moment. Could he really fight his father? But his paladin’s faith allowed him to see through the illusion for what it was… infernal trickery. Talon’s fey blade bit deep into the chain devil. And it recoiled in pain. Octavius struggled against the chains grappling him but managed to throw them off by casting misty step and closing to a flanking position on the chain devil. But he too looked upon Barakas and saw a different face. It was the face of Sir Mallory Marsdale, the knight who had married the only woman he ever loved. Pure rage filled Octavius and almost unbalanced him until his paladin’s graces allowed him to see through the illusion as well. TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe bit deep into Barakas three times. The chain devil was hurt badly.


Having seen enough of the protection from evil spells thwarting their attacks, Godrick stared at the two knights with his fiery infernal eyes. His black halo glowed even darker and a black blast of necrotic energy hurled out of his halo to strip away and dispel the protective magics of both knights rendering the protection from evil spell gone. Barakas followed up with viscous chain attacks against both knights entangling them and squeezing the life out of them. But both Sir Bruce and Octavius focused their attacks on Barakas and finally laid him low. As the chain devil fell, his infernal magic died with him. The chains wrapped around the knights and swirling wildly around the room went limp and fell silent.


The destruction of Barakas did not stop Godrick. The Fallen Angel twice brought his fiery greatsword down upon Sir Bruce and hurt him badly. The Knights surrounded the angel flanking him from both sides. But instead of striking to kill they used the flat of their blades and axes to try and pummel Godrick unconscious. They hoped they could somehow redeem the creature. An angel was a force for good. To see such a creature corrupted and tainted into its current form made both Sir Bruce and Octavius sad for him and even more furious at devil cult. The continued to parlay as they fought to knock Godrick down but the fallen angel could not be reasoned with. He fought with infernal rage unleashing another blast of radiant energy using his fallen glory attack. With his protection from evil spell gone, it was too much for Sir Bruce to take. The force of the spell took him off his feet and smashed him against the wall. Sir Bruce’s body went limp as he slowly slid to the ground.


Octavius looked gravely at his friend. He thought of trying to heal him for a moment but then realized he had to stop Godrick as soon as possible because he himself could not take much more punishment. Octavius squared off with the Fallen Angel bringing TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe to bear. Max ran in to help by occupying the flanking position of the fallen Sir Bruce. The distraction helped Octavius gain advantage and the flat of his axe hit time and again and very squarely causing the bloodied Godrick to stagger a bit. But then the fell angel surged forward swinging his fiery sword in rapid succession. Octavius barely parried the blows. But Octavius then spun around and caught the off balance chained angel on the back of his head with the flat of his axe. Godrick collapsed in a heap. His fiery greatsword vanished before it hit the ground.

Octavius tended to his fallen friend and poured a potion of healing down his throat. Sir Bruce was thankful to be alive and got himself up. The two knights dragged the unconscious Godrick into one of the cages. After securing the fallen angel, they searched the body of Barakas and tucked into his leather jerkin, they found a key. Reaching through the bars, Octavius used the key to unlock the cold iron shackles with red glowing infernal runes. When the shackles fell away, a noticeable change started to happen. The skin of the angel that had worn away under the foul shackles began to rapidly grow back. The pitch black halo above his head began to fade and then brighten into a bright golden color.

Hopeful that whatever infernal curse had taken the angel was now lifted, Octavius fed the still unconscious Godrick a potion of healing. As the angel opened his eyes, Octavius saw that gone was the fiery red burning eyes. They were replaced with serene pure white pupiless eyes. Godrick stood up and gazed at the two knights as if seeing them for the first time.

I am Godrick, Archon of Torm. I owe you a great debt of thanks. You have redeemed me from a most terrible fate. A fate far worse than death as far as I am concerned. My Lord Torm is smiling in approval of your performance today. Please let me bathe you in his loving light.


Godrick stretched out his hands and a soft warm light wafted over the the two knights healing them both. The lay on hands provided 70 HP that they could spread between the two of them however they wished. Sir Bruce opened the cage and let Godrick out. The Angel strode confidently out of the cage and nodded to Sir Bruce.

You both have fought bravely. You have my thanks. Find the light of Torm, Tyr, and Hoar within you. You must be their agents in this world. This devil cult must be destroyed. They are doing great evil here. I know you will succeed. I must return to the court of my Lord Torm. I have been gone too long and I am needed. Blessings upon you both.

And with that, Godrick spread his wings wide and vanished as he plane shifted away. The knights checked on the other prisoners. Blix was excited to be released. The human stretched out on the rack was clearly dead. And the two humans in the cages were still alive but barely. Sir Bruce and Octavius used some of their lay on hands to heal them enough so that they could become lucid and walk. They freed them both and spoke with them. They learned that they were Lawrence Briarpatch and his wife Rachel Briarpatch. They were from The Village of Tommen. The red hair was a dead give away but in fact they were the parents of Kip Briarpatch and Felicity Briarpatch.

The knights escorted the Briarpatches and Blix back through the cleared portion of the devil cult temple and out through the portal to Bressard Montaine’s Observatory. There they fed them and saw them on their way. The Briarpatches went off to find their children and warn the town of the cult. Blix decided to go off into the wilderness. Sir Bruce tried to convince him to go back to the devil cult and fight against them, but he was too afraid. His goblin nature got the better of him and although he was thankful for his freedom, a deal was a deal after all.

Sir Bruce and Octavius headed back through the portal an hour later after a short rest. They found everything the way they had left it. Going back to the prison they tried to open the door that had been guarded by Godrick and Barakas. It opened easily using the necklaces. Inside they saw a large room filled with strange magical laboratory types of items. Strange components, glassware filled with bubbling mixtures, and well preserved bodies laying in various poses on tables and in cases. A tall human man in a black robe was working some terrible looking machine that was attached at two different places to the body of a human woman. It was injecting some sort of substance under the woman’s skin on one side and drawing something out on the other. He looked up from his work to look upon the two knights.

Well well… So you have arrived at last. Bressard said you would be coming. I thought perhaps the Whore Devils had eaten the flesh from your faces. Thank goodness your skin seem to be intact and in excellent shape. You both will make fine additions to my collection. Please, please come in. My name is Adrick Demolith and I would like to show you my collection. I have specimens from across the realms. You will have the honor of being a part of it. I am truly envious of you.

The two knights rushed in to attack, but Adrick Demolith cast a spell. It was a hold person spell that froze Octavius in place. He also pushed a button on the machine in front of him and two pillars in the room connected to the machine pulsed as a bright pink liquid poured out onto the floor and rose up to take shape. Four Lemures, infernal foot soldiers of hell, came into existence. They looked like vaguely humanoid dark pink globs of flesh with sharp claws and teeth.


Sir Bruce closed the gap and swung his sword twice into two of the creatures. Each blow cut down a lemure. The two remaining creatures attacked Sir Bruce and the two fallen Lemures suddenly shambled back to their feet. From his new vantage point, Sir Bruce saw a female cultist off to his right. It was going to be a difficult battle.

Into the Secret Temple
What New Deviltry is This?


The Clockwork Abomination was a thing of metal, gears, steam and something else… hatred and evil fueled by the infernal being trapped within it. It began by spewing forth a cone of super heated steam that cooked the very skin of Sir Bruce and Octavius. The Knights of Tethyr battled back, hacking at it with their enchanted blades and axes. With mechanical precision and the strength of pistons and gears, it bit at the knights with sharp mandibles and used its telescoping claws to grab hold of their bodies and smash them up against the walls and pin them there as it crushed the life out of them. Sir Bruce hacked and hacked at the arm of the beast with Talon until he cut through it. He then closed to attack the main body of the creature. Octavius had the reach to swing at the main body of the creature while still pinned. It was a hard fought battle but at last the creature slumped to the ground and its infernal engine went dark.

The Knights healed their wounds with spells and laying of hands. A quick search using detect magic revealed a scroll tube hidden in a bookcase that contained a spell scroll of bless. A locked chest in an adjacent bedroom was forced open with a crowbar to reveal 2 Potions of Healing and 2 Potions of Greater Healing. It also contained 4 necklaces that radiated magic. They were a leather cord attached to a wrought iron pentagram with a topaz gem set in the center of the pentagram. All of the necklaces radiated magic as well as the gold rune covered circle that Bressard Montaine was standing in before he vanished. Using a spell scroll of Identify, Sir Bruce discovered that the necklaces were keys to the teleportation circle and also keys to some sort of doors.

The Knights of Tethyr found the door at the bottom of the stairs in the observatory was locked. Sir Bruce smashed the door in with his plated boot and the two searched the rest of the observatory. They were hoping to find the guards and Persephone Montaine to question them. But they had left the building and were nowhere to be found. So Sir Bruce called Max to his side and he put one of the necklaces around the dog’s neck. Sir Bruce and Octavius also each put on one of the necklaces. One by one they stood in the center of the golden ring and touched the topaz gem, teleporting them away to some unknown destination.

Sir Bruce was first and found himself in a place of total and complete darkness. Bruce held Talon aloft and willed it to shed bright light. The faerie light lit up a stone hallway. Bruce was standing in an identical golden rune encrusted circle on a black marble stone floor. A passageway led a short distance to a large stone door with a carved pentagram set into it. A moment later Max and Octavius came through. Octavius suggested they push the pentagram necklace into the indentation in the door. It seemed to be the right size and in fact fit perfectly. After it was pulled out, the door slid open revealing a room with a pool of water, a wardrobe, 2 nasty looking statues of devils, a stone altar with dried blood, and 5 more doors with a similar locking mechanism.


A search of the wardrobe revealed men’s and women’s adult sized clothing of a style that might be found in The Village of Tommen. Black robes of similar sizes were also found in the wardrobe. The statues were carved from stone and looked to be depicting devils but the knights were unable to ascertain which sort of devils. The water appeared to be safe for drinking and was only about 10 feet deep but seemed to be fed by some sort of fresh water source. The stone altar was sloped in a concave fashion so that blood would flow down and collect in a vessel below it. But that vessel had been removed and nothing remained but some dried blood on the stone surface of the altar. Again, the 2 knights could not discern from the symbols to what religion the altar belonged but it was clearly evil and most likely infernal.

The deepest central door was tried to be opened first, but the topaz pentagram necklaces seemed to have no effect. The door would not open like the one they had already opened. The next two doors in yielded similar results. They did not open. But the next door they tried to the north did open. And it revealed a sight which made both knights feel uncomfortable and in a strange way. A large golden statue dominated the center of this room with 2 infernal creatures draped over it languidly. Sir Bruce instantly recognized the statue as that of Lady Fierna, queen of hell. The creatures were Whore Devils of Fierna, who looked at the knights hungrily.


Sir Bruce yelled out to Octavius to tell him what they were dealing with. The Whore Devils were beautiful yet extremely deadly with claws that dripped with poison. Sir Bruce pulled out his holy symbol of Tyr and boldly strode into the room where he saw another three whore devils bringing the unholy total to 5 of the infernal creatures. One of the whore devils had a decapitated human head gripped in its claws. It was not clear what she had been doing but she was wiping blood from the corners of her lips.


In the Name of Tyr Sir Bruce censured the Whore Devils and attempted to turn them. Three of the creatures were frightened by the pure good of Tyr exhibited by the paladin before them. They turned and flapped their wings, flying into the corner of the room trying to get as far away from Sir Bruce as possible. Sir Bruce also quaffed a vial of anti-toxin to help protect himself from the poisonous claws of the creatures. Octavius cast a protection from evil spell upon himself making any of the whore devil’s attacks against him at disadvantage.


Three of the whore devils cowered in the corner of the room while the other two hurtled towards the two knights on their bat like wings. Razor sharp poisonous claws raked at Sir Bruce as the two Whore Devils did fly by attacks on him. For the most part Sir Bruce’s armor and shield kept the she devils at bay but he did receive a few scratches and could feel the poison seeping through his system. Luckily his immune system was bolstered by the anti-toxin and he shook off the effects of the poison. The two knights pressed the attack against the turned whore devils taking them on one by one. They chose not to give chase to the two whore devils who had maneuvered past them after the flyby attacks and slipped out of the room. Instead, they used their amulet to shut the door and seal them outside of the room. Their hope was to be able to focus on the turned Whore Devils and deal with the rest later.

Unfortunately that was not to be. A little while later while they were still battling the turned Whore Devils, the door slid back open and in rushed 5 human cultists and the two Whore Devils who had fetched them.


The Knights of Tethyr were in a bad way. The Devil Cultists led by Magda Mallory and Seren Shay cast command spells attempting to make the knights grovel, hold person spells to fix them in place, sacred flame spells to immolate them in fire, and inflict wounds spells to bathe them in necrotic energy. One of the male cultists, Kraven Bell, charged forward with a large mace but before he could swing it at Octavius, TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe hewed him in twain at the mid section. The cultist fell dead at Octavius’ feet. The two Whore Devils who had returned now carried spears. They licked the tip of the spears coating them with some unholy substance and hurled them at the Knights. In addition to regular damage, the spears caused infernal festering wounds.


The knights were lucky to save against most of the effects and were still in the battle but it did not look good. Sir Bruce thought that desperate times called for desperate measures. He gripped the black cold iron of Inferno – The Spear of Immolation and pointed it in the center of the room. He unleashed an empowered fireball and it exploded to great effect killing two of the cultists and gravely wounding the others. Many of the Whore Devils were bathed in flame as well, but they were completely unaffected by it, protected by their infernal immunity to fire.


The remaining cultists regrouped and rallied successfully trapping Octavius in a hold person spell. Unable to move and open to critical hits, the Whore Devils pounced on him. His protection from evil continued to thwart their attacks and only a few got through. But he would not last long against the onslaught. Sir Bruce unleashed another fireball from the Inferno – The Spear of Immolation. This one killed all the remaining cultists. And it broke the hold spell freeing Octavius to attack once more and protect himself.


From there it was the two knights battling the remaining Whore Devils. At this time both knights were warded by protection from evil spells which greatly improved their defenses. But one of the whore devils managed to hit Sir Bruce with an enveloping embrace grapple attack. She basically leaped on Sir Bruce and wrapped her arms and legs around his upper body and held on tightly. This was followed by a virulent kiss attack that Sir Bruce luckily managed to avoid by turning his head at the last moment. Octavius then cut the creature from Sir Bruce to free him. It was a long battle but finally all of the Whore Devils lay dead.


Searching the dead cultists, Sir Bruce found each of them was wearing a similar necklace with the cold iron pentagram and the topaz gem set in the center. However, Magda Mallory and Seren Shay were wearing necklaces that looked identical except they had sapphires set into them instead of topaz gems. The door to the south was open and revealed a guard room of sorts with living quarters for the cultists. A chest inside had 250 GP in odd coinage in pouches and 3 Potions of Healing and 2 Potions of Greater Healing. The Master Treasure List was updated.


The two knights retreated back through the portal to the Observatory where they rested for 1 hour binding their wounds and praying to their gods for strength against the unholy foes that were certainly waiting for them to return.

The Plundering Madness Burns
And the Plot Thickens...

Continuing to Explore the area below decks on The Plundering Madness, Sir Bruce and Octavius had come upon a large room filled with hammocks strung up for the sleeping chip’s crew. There were 5 grimlocks sleeping quietly with a door on the opposite side of the room. Sir Bruce tried to creep quietly into the crew’s quarters but tripped on a footlocker and bumped into one of the sleeping grimlocks. The creature roused and yelled ‘Kern! Kern!’. The other grimlocks awoke, got up, and joined the chant of ‘Kern! Kern!’.

The the large double doors on the opposite side of the room burst open and standing in the doorway was a huge minotaur. He was wearing a blood stained apron and carrying a huge butcher’s cleaver. Seeing the two knights, the mighty minotaur yelled ‘I am Kern of Clan Gerr, galleymaster of The Plundering Madness. You dare to disrespect me and this crew by sneaking aboard the ship? I will tear your arms off and feed them to the fishes!’ And with that Kern of Clan Gerr charged past the Grimlocks and lowered his horns into Sir Bruce. Bruce managed to get his shield up but was driven back into the other room and smashed against the wall through a weapon rack.


Sir Bruce could smell the hot breath of Kern in his face. He shoved forward with his shield but could not dislodge the huge creature as it brought the big meat cleaver down to cut through Sir Bruce’s armor and into his shoulder. The Grimlocks followed in the wake of Kern’s charge to swarm out and surround Octavius. With flanking one or two of the spiked clubs got in a lucky hit and managed to wound Octavius. Octavius spun around and landed two deft bows with his axe lopping the head off one of the Grimlocks and cutting off the leg of another. Both fell to the ground and bled out. Sir Bruce finally regained some of his composure and managed to twist free of Kern.

The two exchanged some brutal blows with Octavius finally coming in and cutting down the Minotaur with some viscous swings of TitanCleaver – The Green Scythe. With the battle won, the two knights healed each other as best they could and continued exploring the ship. Beyond the sleeping quarters they found a large galley where the ships meals were prepared by the galleymaster, Kern of Clan Gerr. In a side chamber there was a footlocker with a huge suit of minotaur sized ceremonial armor. The two knights took the chest of armor.

One level below in the lowest level, the knights found the ship’s hold filled with trade goods. There were 3 crates filled with Tommen Pink Salt, 4 barrels of red wine bearing the seal of ‘Krest Farms Vineyard’ which Sir Bruce recognized as being near The Village of Tommen, and 4 sacks of flour. It seemed that all of these trade goods had come from The Village of Tommen. There were other trade goods from strange places. Six crates were filled with strange underdark mushrooms gathered from the fungi forests. Three crates were filled with bolts of spidersilk cloth. Some crates held large pieces of strange leather from some sort of unknown cattle. Others contained an odd cheese that was similar to cows milk but much danker in smell. There were two huge barrels of fresh water and some other barrels with strange markings on them in a language that the knights were unable to understand.

Sir Bruce opened one of the barrels and found a green slimy substance inside that suddenly surged out of the barrel and all over him. The green slime was acidic and corrosive to his armor and his skin. The only way he could get the slime off of himself was to swing his enchanted sword Talon and hit the slime and hit himself at the same time. He hurt himself but in so doing managed to scrape the green slime off his person. Sir Bruce tossed the remains of the slime and the barrel down a hatch in the floor that led to the water below the ship. He also threw the remaining barrels with similar markings down the hatch.

The next set of barrels contained ocher jellies which attacked the two knights. Every time Sir Bruce or Octavius would strike at them with their slashing weapons, the jellies would divide into two smaller creatures and continue to attack. Pseudo-pods emitted from the ocher jellies smashed into the knights for bludgeoning and acid damage. But eventually the jellies were destroyed.


Searching the rest of the below decks area revealed an area that seemed to be the room of Mica Granitegrinder. There were two large blocks of stone – one marble and the other granite. Another large piece of granite had been sculptured down into the form of a large burly and bald human man wrestling with a lion. The statue was beautifully done and the artist clearly gifted.

With The Plundering Madness secured, the two knights discussed what to do next. There was talk of setting sail using the navigational charts that were found and exploring the underdark sea. It was obvious that this ship needed a crew to sail and neither of the two knights had any boating experience. There were a number of small row boats topside on the ship that could be deployed and would have been usable by the knights. But they did not think rowing across vast distances in an underground sea was safe. Sir Bruce wanted to be sure that the boat was cuttled so that it could no longer be used for slaving by Captain Flense Shagath should he return for his boat.

So the two knights took one of the row boats and dragged it all the way up to the magical portal and brought it back through to the salt mine of Tommen. Then they went back through the portal with some barrels of oil. They spilled the oil all over the below decks and lit the ship ablaze. They watched as the entire ship burnt down to an empty black husk. Satisfied they returned to the salt mines of Tommen and asked Jarik Goth to build a wall with two sturdy doors sealing off the dead end tunnel which contained the portal to the Underdark. It took the dwarf and his men several hours of work but they constructed a very solid 5 foot thick wall of stone with two locked solid iron doors on either side.


The two knights asked the dwarf to set two men on watch on the doors and to tell them immediately if anything came through them. They then went with Felicity Briarpatch back to her grove to take their rest in the forest. They had been badly wounded and needed to rest, heal, and pray for guidance. After spending some hours studying the magic items found on The Plundering Madness, they identified them as follows:

Heward’s Haversack – Octavius
Inferno – The Spear of Immolation – Sir Bruce
Scroll of Protection from Undead – Octavius
Spell Scrolls: dispel magic, lightning bolt, identify, magic missile, invisibility, detect magic – Octavius
Potions: Fire Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Fire Giant Strength – Sir Bruce
Pearl of Power – Octavius
Ring of Water Walking – Sir Bruce

The Master Treasure List was updated.

Later the next morning Sir Bruce and Octavius breakfasted with Bressard Montaine at the observatory. They filled him in on their further investigations and asked if he might be able to try and read some of the documents they had found in the quarters of Captain Flense Shagath. He was not able to do so without aid, but let Sir Bruce borrow an enchanted monocle he owned that would allow the wearer to read any language. Sir Bruce thanked Bressard Montaine and the scholar invited them back to his observatory this evening so that he could finally show Sir Bruce his telescope that he had remarked he wanted to see.

Later that day they inspected the work of Jarik Goth’s wall building in the salt mines and then retreated to the The Standing Stones to check on Felicity Briarpatch. She had made two potions of greater healing – one for each of them and sold them for 100 GP each. Sir Bruce used his Monocle of Read Languages to look over the documents recovered from the desk of Captain Flense Shagath. He was able to find the captain’s log and learned that it was Skarloch who had reached out to Captain Flense Shagath. The two had met 20 years ago when Skarloch was summoned by a drow wizard and was bound to a task that included the help of Captain Flense Shagath and the crew of The Plundering Madness. Skarloch apparently had a new human master now and contacted Captain Flense 3 weeks ago through a magical sending to broker a deal for his help. The Plundering Madness sailed to a secret cove known by both Skarloch and Flense that they had used together during their previous work with the drow. There they found Skarloch and a magical teleportation circle he had crafted that led to the salt mines of Tommen. Skarloch negotiated a contract with Captain Flense. The ten grimlocks and 3 trolls were used by Skarloch to secure the salt mines and capture 9 humans. Captain Flense had 6 of them and Skarloch took 3 of them away to some other location. From the journal writings it appears that Captain Flense Shagath was planning to harvest the brains of the humans and use the blocks of solid Tommen Pink Salt in a special process that turned them into salted brains. Apparently this is an exquisite delicacy for mind flayers. Captain Flense was planning on making huge profits selling the salted brains in Oryndoll. He had also collected some trade goods from Mzfelt that he was planning on selling as well.

Later that evening the two Knights of Tethyr once again called on Bressard Montaine at his observatory to finally see his telescope. On the way upstairs the two ran into Bressard’s daughter Persephone Montaine who was very happy to be home thanks to Sir Bruce.


Bressard went on about the telescope at great length and allowed both Sir Bruce and Octavius to gaze at the stars through it. They were both amazed and fascinated by how close the stars looked.


He then dismissed his guard and both knights noticed that the guard locked the door behind him. Bressard Montaine then began to smile. He said the following.

This little ruse has gone on long enough. I have sent you again and again to your deaths but you refuse to die. It really is vexing. I am incredibly vexed. I have no choice but to make sure the deed is done myself. I cannot have you interfering in my plans any longer. It simply will not do. Please enjoy the company of my telescope for I myself have other matters to attend to. I think you will find it even more fascinating than you have so far. Good bye.

Bressard Montaine then suddenly vanished and his telescope began to move. It twisted with gears and steam into a monstrosity of metal. A huge hulking thing with bronze plates of armor, metal pincers and claws, strange glowing fiery orb like eyes, and nasty looking spikes moved menacingly towards Sir Bruce and Octavius.



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