Curiosities and Acquisitions

Spidey Sense
Fighting, shopping, and talking

The episode began with the Legion of Hope facing another battle.

Quintus handed the rod part to Safwin the Bold as the party prepared for battle. Sure enough more fiendish spiders emerged from the portal. Safwin flew away over a building but most of the spiders teleported after him. One of the fiends manage to trap Safwin in webs and pull him down to the surface of the building.

The rest of the part made their various ways to the scene of the battle and fairly easily beat up the spiders to rescue Safwin.

The party picked itself up and resumed their interrupted sleep back in their rooms at Yawning Portal.

Next their was shopping. Miraclemiss had a number of items in stock that the party purchased including +1 Shurikens for Stick, +1 splint mail (for Fria?), +1 ring of protection for Brie, ring of spell storing for Quintus, 6 potions of healing, and 2 potions of extra healing. You also secured 10 empty vials suitable for collecting material samples for use as spell or magical item components.

You also ordered a cloak of displacement for Haldir and an ever-filling flask of dwarven ale. The cloak will be ready in 3 days and the flask will be ready in 6 days.

In the mean time Fria and Marg took AK47 to Tomble’s Tinkering shop. Fria negotiated a price of 30gp to get AK47 fixed. The work will be complete in a couple of days.

Next Marg visited the temple of Illmater in the city. There she met the high priestess Valeria Delacourt. Valeria invited Marg into her chambers and discussed the possibility of calling upon her for future missions for the church.

Brie, in turn, visited the temple of Tyr. He met with the Captain of the Paladins, Highlord Leoric Von Zeldig

Leoric essentially debriefed her on recent occurrences and encounters. After she described the attack outside of the Yawning Portal, he appeared to be impressed and praised Brie for vanquishing the fiendish spider creatures. He clearly believed them to be agents of evil. The fact that she so easily dispatched the fiends raised her in his regard.

Brie described the search for the Ark of Souls and what was seen in the crystal ball to him. He looked concerned and instructed you to continue to search for the artifact (although he could provide no advice on how to do that). It must be recovered and returned to the gods.

Haldir visited the temple of Mystera but, was largely unsuccessful learning anything there. However, it was suggested that he visit one of the Lords of Waterdeep, Khelban Blackstaff.

On the next day he managed to gain an audience with the Lord. He learned from Khelban that the rod part that Safwin is now carrying is part of a very powerful artifact called the Rod of Law. It was used by a race of beings known as the Vaati (also known as the Wind Dukes). It was created to defeat the Queen of Chaos during a war between law and chaos. It was used in an ancient battle called the battle of Pesh. The Wind Dukes successfully defeated the army of chaos and their general, Miska the Wolf Spider. However, some of the blood from Miska was infused into the Rod and it shattered into 7 parts and scattered around the multiverse.

Khelban pretty much wants the rod removed from Waterdeep to prevent any more attacks within the city.

Later, after a long day you were once again gathered at your normal table in the Yawning Portal. A young woman approached the table and introduced herself to Safwin as Ramona. Her dark hair was dyed with heavy blue highlights. She was wearing a short black dress, boots, a number of bracelets, a choker, and generally well accessorized.

She joined you and squeezed in next to Safwin (not unpleasant at all). She was clearly interested in Safwin. She saw parts of the battle from the previous evening. She told Safwin that she had never dated anyone with Wings before. Wings are cool.

Ramona and Safwin have a date tomorrow evening…

And that wrapped up the events for Episode 12.

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Interludes
But, stuff keeps happening

We joined the Legion of hope in the Yawning portal enjoying a late breakfast after a night of celebration in the Inn.

Quintus collected his dead pool bet and, at 5 to 1 odds, earned substantial gold (we didn’t role play this). I believe it was a 100 gp bet…?

As various plans were discussed, Stick departed to the nearby Ardeep forest to visit a Monastery of the Yellow Rose there. Shortly thereafter, Miraclemiss appeared with a companion. She introduced Starcast, a young warrior to you.

Starcast, greeted each of you and explained that she was a retired adventurer (retired at 18 or 19 no less). She was a member of the adventuring company known as Order of the Phoenix. The Order of Phoenix is known to have helped locate and return the Tablets of Fate which brought the Time of Troubles to a close. So, this pretty young warrior now seated with you was a genuine hero of the Realms.

Eventually, Starcast revealed that Miraclemiss had suggested that she meet with your party and Brie in particular. Starcast offered to loan Brie her sword. When Brie grasped the sword, it said her name was Gwendolyn. It turns out that Gwendolyn is an actually Holy Avenger paladin weapon. She will allow herself to be wielded on by someone “most pure of heart”.

Apparently, Brie passed the test because Gwendolyn accepted her. (It will be interesting to see if Joe can maintain this standard … [insert dungeon master smiling here] )

Miraclemiss then departed with Starcast back back to Arabel.

The rest of the day was spent trained with Starcast for martial skills and with Miraclemiss for Arcane arts.

After a long day of training, there wasn’t much time left for all of the other things on the to-do list including finding a tinker to fix AK47, identifying magic item or two, researching various things, finding trainers for certain proficiencies, preparing for the underdark, and (of course) finding that magic shop that sells tons of magical artifacts. I’m sure they will have Baba Yaga’s hut, the eye of Vecna, and Heward’s Mystical Organ on display there.

After you retired to your rooms, you were attacked. First you heard the howling of wolves outside and a moment later the sound of dogs barking. When you looked out the windows you could see nothing but impenetrable darkness.

Soon the attack came and you engaged the foes who turned out to be some sort of unnatural fiendish beasts with the heads of wolves and the body of spiders. As the fight ensued, the spider monsters were speaking in a mixture of common and a language no one recognized. The frequently talked about something called the I’Kolindo.

As they said this word, most of the creatures focused their attacks on Quintus. Eventually, one of the things managed to bind him in webs and pulled Quintus out the window of the Inn. The beasts were trying to pull Quintus through a nearby portal but, the party manage to defeat all of them before the portal was reached.

After the battle you regrouped and breathed a sigh of relief. Quintus used his magical Rod part to cast cure light wounds. Unfortunately, this seemingly caused another portal to open and more howling spider beasts began to appear.

At this point the camera zoomed out and brought episode 11 to a close. We will pick up with an imminent battle next episode.

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Up from under the mountain
Choosing a new Ark

The Legion of Hope found themselves in a corridor that led to a circular room with a well in the center of it. Upon entering they were attacked by a silent Ochre Jelly. Battle ensued. Safwin the bold tried to live up to his name and make a bold flying attack but, it turned out the well was part of a gravity trap. He was pulled into the well by the powerful gravitational force. Fortunately he used his wings and flying ability to avoid half of the damage.

You were able to beat up the two jellies without any problems as Brie shrugged off the special grappling attack from one of the jellies.

In the mean time, your missing rogue Quintus, found himself in Arabel in front of his mother’s modest dwelling (still wearing his fancy tux from Shemeska’s stocked closet of formal-wear). A fond reunion of mother and son ensued. After Quintus tried to question his mother about his bracers , Jhaunadyl suggested that Quintus should visit his father. Then she apparently regretted the suggestion and clammed up. The only further information Quintus received from her on the subject was that his father’s name started with the letter E and his resided in Shadowdale. Still she did speak rather fondly of the old scoundrel (as she called him).

Time was passing so, Quintus kissed his mother on the cheek and bid her farewell. He then used the crystal ball to contact Vangerdahast who was impatiently waiting for an update from you company. Quintus was able provide the royal mage with some answers. He was quite relieved to hear that Miraclemiss had been located. However, the fact that the Ark of Souls had not been located did not please him.

A war wizard, Flabbergast, was dispatched to teleport Quintus back to Waterdeep.

As this was happening the rest of the party gathered their wits and decided to leave the dungeon. It was time for some badly needed training. Plus, they needed to try to figure out what happened to their missing companion. Due in part, to Fria’s tracking skills and the marks that Safwin had been leaving the party was able to find their way back to the entry chamber without any trouble.

They were raised up into the Yawning Portal and, over a well earned flagon of ale, began to discuss what to do next.

Eventually, Quintus arrived and joined you. He noticed a dog following him as he make the walk into the city.

You were astonished when a brash dandy, who was a drow of all things, caught Fria’s eye and came over to introduce himself. He was none other than Jarlaxle Baenre. Eventually, he waved his companion over, a loud dwarf named Athrogate.

Jarlaxle told Fria that he had information for her and could help her. He appeared sincere. Fria eventually went of with him for a private conversation.

Backtracking a little, when Quintus appeared Miraclemiss leapt up from her seat in the booth and all but demanded the crystal ball (which she kept by the way). She immediately asked to be lowered back down the well. Safwin and Quintus went down with her.

She proceded to step just out of the entry room and then invoked the crystal ball. Soon an image appeared. It was the artifact that you have been searching for, THE ARK OF SOULS!!!!!

Unfortunately, you scryed just in time to see it carried through a portal into a distant land. It was carried by four 8 or 9 foot tall skeletons and behind it an obviously powerful robed undead creature that floated along.

Some final odds and ends
*You are able to train. We will pick up certain individuals training next session as their may be story hooks that come to light.
*Flabbergast provided earrings of message to Quintus which he distributed to you.
*Miraclemiss teleported Haldir back to the Curiosities and Acquisitions shop and provided secure storage for your extra items. Haldir left half of the uncut gems there (also the giant emerald I assume)

At the end of the day, Fria informed the party that she was under the effects of a geas spell. He great uncle, the archmage of her house had cast the spell on her. However, Jarlaxle had told her that it was part of a plot from her mother Chenzira who is the matron mother of the house.

She went on to say that Jarlaxle suggested that she might be able to persuade her great uncle to remove the geas if she spoke to him directly. This means traveling to the drow city in disguise to clandestinely gain audience with the powerful mage. Jarlaxle offered Fria disguises with both magical and non-magical elements to them.

Fria then asked for her companions help on her quest. This brought the evening to a close and the camera zoomed out with the Legion of Hope deep in conversation.

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Now that's a party
City of doors

In the aftermath of the battle with the gelatinous cube the party took stock of the surroundings. There was no sign of Quintus.

Haldir took some time to identify the items found in the remains of the cheese and chocolate.

Miraclemiss appeared to come to her senses but, has little left in the way of spells remaining.

You found an infernal note signed by a fiend, Big Al. Apparently, he is the pit fiend that appeared from the mirror of summoning. Miraclemiss advised you that this is something to be used only in the direst of circumstances.

At a loss of what to do, the remaining members of the Legion of Hope decided to continue the search for the Ark of Souls.

You found a storage room with a band of Orcs who appeared to be resting. They looked rather beat up. They did not attack. Instead they merely growled and gestured for you to leave. Ignoring them you boldly walked right past and exited the room on the other side, resuming your journey.

As you traveled, Alex malfunctioned and his right arm fell of. Unfortunately, no one in the party has the necessary skill to fix him. Alex indicated that his maker, Tomble Quarterwidget, could repair him. You found a logo for Tomble’s shop but, you have no idea where the shop may be.

You came upon a hallway with iron rungs in the wall. You climbed up and found a series of 4 foot high passages. You discovered an animated sword with the soul of Harrikas inside of it. Fria picked up the sword. (see the loot page for a description)

In the mean time, Quintus hired Nurika as his tout and she helped him dress for the ongoing party in Shemeshka’s manse. He looks fantastic in formal garb including some rather valuable cuff links (200 gp/ea).

Quintus eventually accepted a deal from Shemeshka. He allowed her to cast a Geas spell on himself. The object of the spell was to retrieve an item, a statue of an oriental dragon. The item was in the possession of another fiend. An arcanaloth known as A’kin the The Friendly Fiend. A’kin can be found in his shop in the lower ward of the city known as the Friendly Fiend Curio Shop.

Nurika helped Quintus find a shop in the Lower Ward. Luckily, Quintus had a few of the gems from Dumathoin’s bounty on him. He had given one to Nurika to hire her as a tout. Even uncut, these gems far exceeded her value as a tout so she offered to cover the cost of the items purchased from A’kin’s shop.

Despite Quintus’s obvious wealth, he an Nurika made it to and back from the Lower Ward of Sigil, The City of Doors, without incident. Shemeshka lived up to her end of the bargain and transported him home. This turns out to be the City of Westport, hundreds of miles from Waterdeep.

Fortunately, Quintus remembered he was in possession of the crystal ball. He used it to contact the royal war wizard Vangerdahast who dispatched a war wizard to teleport Quintus just outside of Waterdeep.

At that point we left the party as it prepared to enter the next chamber and while Quintus is in the midst of returning to the Yawning Portal.

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Mirror Mirror
Favorite foe party time

Legion of hope completed it’s rest without any issues. However, Miraclemiss remained very groggy, still suffering the effects of the various poisons that the drow dosed her with.

After searching the area you moved on. You found another Ettin. Although it struck hard and true you managed to ruin its lunch after Fria shoved her sword through one of the heads.

You found a strange throne. It was facing a blank wall which made no sense to any of you. The throne was apparently carved out of a single block of marble. It had sweeping arms that ended in candlestick holders. There was a candle in one of the arms. Quintus cleverly cut the candle in half and with two half sized candles in the candle holders he lit them and a secret door in the blank wall retracted into the ceiling.

The secret room on the other side turned out to be a temple to the dwarven god Dumathoin. There was an alter of solid gold in the shape of an anvil on a raised dais. There were four empty coffers in the corners of the room. After a few rounds of gingerly searching the room you heard marching footstep approaching.

A squad of heavily armed dwarven warriors arrived with a very ornately armored dwarf paladin in the middle. He was introduced as high lord Fitzchivalry. He thanked you for treating Dumathoin’s temple with respect. He proceeded to make some quick adjustments to Brie’s new scale armor and it now fits her perfectly.

Upon departing, Fitzchivalry mentioned that Dumathoin often shares the fruits of the earth with those worthy. You opened the four coffers and found wealth beyond imagination. You found 444 uncut Jacinths, 444 star sapphires, 444 (hmm…i forget which kind of gem) and in the last coffer there was a single emerald the size of a large human skull. Each of the gems will be valued at 5000 gp when cut. The emerald is so large even Quintus could not appraise it.

Moving on, you encountered Alex the Autognome. He was stuck in this secret room and just like H.R. Maxwell is quite lonely. Apparently his directives are to protect gnomes, protect women and children, and protect attractive woman. Alex Ka-bar 47 is currently following Fria after selecting her as the one most in need of protection.

You proceeded on and eventually found your way to a room with a large tapestry on the south wall. There turned out to be a magical mirror that the tapestry was covering. Safwin the bold now recalls that there were some rumors about a mirror that read ones mind and produced whatever foe was in the victoms mind at the moment.

And.. it DOES!!!!

A number of creatures showed up including some skeletons, a small dragonette, a pit fiend, a chocolate-covered-pizza-stuffed gelatinous cube and last but not least Shimeshka the Marauder appears. At that point a confusing battle erupted. Shimeshka, who was dressed to the nines, proceeded to banish both the pit fiend and Quintus. YIKES! … Marg then blasted the skeletons to smithereens with her holy mojo leaving only the chocolate pizza cube which you quickly beat into a cheesy mess.

Brie healed the dragonette which was clearly ailing. It still looked sickly and hungry. Brie fed it a tasty piece of sausage from the remains of the pizza mess. However, you think it only ate that because of how hungry was. Although it has perked up a little, it still seems rather week and sickly. It’s hide and scales are completely a pasty grey color. You think some fresh meat might be something it would enjoy.

In the mean time, Quintus found himself in a fantastic mansion in the midst of an elaborate party. Shimeshka patted him on his face with an elegantly furry paw and was quickly surrounded by well dressed guests who began to engage her attention. He looked outside and saw smoggy hazy air, crowded streets, and a strange variety of humanoid creatures all going about their business. Strangely the horizon curved up in the distance.

As he stood around, confused, on the balcony of this mansion a very attractive blue skinned tiefling named Nurika. Nurika led Quintus upstairs into a guest bedroom and opened closet full of formal attire. However, Quintus feeling rather awkward declined to change his clothes in front of her. She pouted just a little but, quickly threw him a mischievous wink and smiled at him.

At this point, the camera zoomed out and we leave with the image of the remaining members of the Legion of Hope wondering how to find their missing companion.

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The adventurer's fate
The black banner massacre

As the camera zooms in and pans to the party, you are in the room where the ghoul drummers were. One of the drumsticks turned out to be part of a Rod. it introduced itself and conveyed that it’s command word is Ruat. It could sense the direction where the next part is located. It can also cast Cure Light Wounds 5/day. It indicated to Haldir that it would best be carried by Quintus.

Quintus was in possession of a family heirloom. It was an ornate pair of bracers with a key slot on the left hand bracer. He decided to start wearing them.

After a rest, the Legion of Hope proceeded North and East. Eventually, they came to a room where the tragic end of the Black Banners was evident. There were bodies everywhere. You recognized the Black Banners as one of the competing teams in the recent adventurer’s challenge. Their name is also on the dead-pool board in the Yawning Portal. You should remember to convey the sad tidings of their demise to Durnan.

Unfortunately, there were still some bugbears, an Ogrillion, and an Orc still in the room. Battle ensued. You dispatched the monstrous creatures with relative ease and looted the room. You discovered a trove of items previously owned by the Black Banner members. When available, see the Loot page for the loot descriptions (room 5).

At that point Mr. Bigglesworth became agitated and insisted on hurrying back down the southern corridor. You went past the room that had the drumming ghouls and continued south until you encountered an large room. The entire room was a puzzle.

You successfully navigated the room and found 88 gp in the process. The next room to the south was also a huge room. It was dimly lit with purplish light. Inside there were two drow guards near a spider relief on the east wall. They were guarding a prisoner that turned out to be Miraclemiss!

Battle ensued as 3 more drow showed up. One of the drow tried to signal Fria and both she and he called for a cessation of hostilities. But, that didn’t work and the Legion finish off the drow without really any issues. Fria said that the one signaling was her uncle. Hmmmm….

(DM: Note to self… adjust encounter difficulty to medium)

You did have some injuries and decided it was time to rest. You moved back to the puzzle room because there were still some spiders in the drow room. You pick the lock on the manacles holding Miraclemiss and help her along with you. She is very groggy and can’t seem to muster any coherent statements.

After casting a few identify spells, the camera zooms out and the scene fades as you settle in for another rest.

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Enter the talking skull
H.R. Maxwell joins the party

Episode 6 began with Haldir who found himself teleported to a large room. The room was empty except for a table with a skull on it. The Skull began talking to him as soon as Haldir arrived. It introduced himself as H.R. Maxwell, Rod of Lathander.

Haldir decided it was safe enough to pick up the skull who continued to chatter away. It had been many years since Max had seen anyone and he was quite tired of sitting on a table in a forgotten room. It was VERY boring.

Haldir realized that the horned ring was a ring of teleport without error. But, only within the ruins of Undermountain. The user simply needed some familiar landmarks within the dungeon to navigate around. Unfortunately, it was able to function only for the wearer.

Haldir returned to the room with the cult statue that he recalled. This was not far from where the party made camp and he made it safely there. Elysia was quite relieved and happy to see him.

After a rest, the party continued on. There was a hallway blocked with impenetrable darkness. Quintan walked through it and found a hungry ettin on the other side. It was simply waiting for it’s next meal to come through.

You beat it up without too much effort.

Next you found a room with a another statue. This was was holding a wand in it’s snake head mouth. When you entered the wand began to spin around and cast spells. No one was injured for three rounds and then Safwin tried to grab the wand but, it blew up in his hands…. Ouch!

You continued through the west door though a hallway with another door. Beyond the door you could hear the muffled sound of drums. Soon you found the room where the drums were being played. It was a group of ghouls. who immediately attacked.

Both Safwin and Fria were paralyzed but the rest of the party beat up the ghouls without much trouble.
You found a gold key and a few gold pieces in the drums.

This concluded the episode with the party taking a break in the room with the dead ghouls. As the camera zoomed out, Max the skull comments that one of the drum sticks seems to be magical.

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Dungeon trekking
Mirrors, teleport's and orcs

The Legion continued north from the room where the first group of orcs was dispatched but, found the way blocked. Returning to the anti-magic room (which was noted as room 1) you proceeded west into the room of mirrors. Fria looked at each mirror until she found the mirror of opposition. An exact duplicate of Fira appeared and after a couple of moments one of the two figures fell lifeless to the ground. The other Fria stood over the fallen foe and talked smack. This convinced you that was actually Fria.

The simulacrum disappeared shortly after the combat.

Quintus discovered three of the mirrors had secret niche’s behind them. After smashing the mirrors you found 2 potions of extra healing, and a small brass cauldron full of 40 gp.

The party continued and manage to find what appeared to be a dead end. However, when you approached it with the intent of searching for secret doors you found the entire party teleported into a different room in a different location.

You found yourselves standing thigh deep in water. The next round you were attacked by a hungry gar which didn’t manage to eat you much.

After killing the big fish you searched a statue of a Sahauguin in the watery room. You found that the head of the statue was removable and you found three rings inside of it. Shorty after removing the statue’s head you were attacked by some armored, evil skeletons. Neither cleric was able to turn them. Clearly these were not ordinary skellees.

You eventually smashed the skeletons to bits. However, feeling a little worse for wear you decided to find a place to rest.

You sloshed out of the water room and found a hallway where a lone orc ambushed you. After bashing him down, you decided to rest in his little alcove.

Haldir proceeded to cast his identify spell and was able to learn that the sword you found in the water was a +2 long sword. Also the three rings were, brass ring non magical, ring of truth, and ring of water walking.

He offered to identify the horned ring that Brie was wearing. Haldir discovered a word in Thorass, an ancient language the eventually evolved into common. He donned the ring and uttered the command word….

AND HE DISAPPEARED!

At that point, the camera slowly zoomed out, the shocked expressions and exclamations from the rest of the party echoing down the halls.

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At the Yawning Portal
Jergal or Gerbal?

The Legion of Hope set up shop in the Yawning Portal Inn. You are on good terms with the Proprietor Durnan the Wanderer.

You realize that this particular establishment is a hub of adventuring with the main draw the hard to miss Well entrance to the Ruins of Undermountain dungeon. After a several days waiting for Miraclemiss to appear (she doesn’t) her cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, appears (how did he get here from Arabel?).

You notice 3 monks arrive in the main taproom who look quite out of place in this den of adventurer’s. You invited them to join you in your booth. They informed you they were followers of Jergal the Lord of the End of Everything. Dex remembered that Jergal functions as the seneschal of the Lord of the Dead and he keeps records on the final disposition of all the spirits of the dead.

They went on to confide that an artifact created by Jergal in ages past had gone missing, the Ark of Souls. The Ark is a tool used by Jergal as an aid in performing his tasks of dis-positioning souls of the recently deceased.

The monks believe that it may have been stolen at the behest of a powerful being attempting to cheat death and become immortal. The powers of the Ark in the wrong hands could be used to cause great woe in the Realms.

The monks had contacted Vangerdahast who in turn had informed Miraclemiss and (as a backup) also assigned you, as employees of Curiosity and Acquisitions, to find and return the Ark.

DM’s note: The above paragraph includes a small correction to the story.

Miraclemiss apparently traced the Ark to Undermountain and went in after it. Unfortunately, the monks have lost contact with her. They now are requesting you to learn the fate of Miraclemiss and, more importantly, to learn the whereabouts of the Ark.

They offer to equip you (normal adventuring gear, not weapons or armor) on their line of credit.

After preparations, you warily descended into the depths of the entry well and began making your way through the dungeon. So, far you have found a strange horned ring, some sticks, two brass keys, a cursed sword, and some glowing chain mail.

Haldir was able to recognize and read a warning written in Thorass. The warning was on the southeast wall of room #1 and it said something about certain death and there was an arrow pointing at the southern archway exit of the room. You chose to go north out of room one and found a room with some Orcs which you quickly dispatched.

At this point the camera slowly zoomed out and we left the party slowly proceeding further into the creepy dungeon.

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