Our journey began: 11th of Coldeven, 599 C.Y.
it is currently the 2nd of Growfest, 599 C.Y.
Alexia Aerogenesis, Human Cleric of Murlynd
Elerra Vae, Drow Cleric (Ellistrae)/Sorcerer
Flotsam “Sam” Stormsurge, Animan (octopus aspect) Rogue/Alchemist
Meroln Sands, Half-elf Fighter
Squizzles, Kobold Bard
Wilfred Fizzlebang, Gnome Summoner
After some discussion, it was decided that since the Tome of the Black Hand did not specify that the ulna, hair or blood all needed to come from the same creature, that they could very likely harvest an ulna from one of the dead goblins upstairs, trim some horse hair from one of their mounts, and Alexis volunteered to donate the blood that would be needed. After gathering the materials, and waiting an additional time to allow the effects of the Symbol of Pain to fade,
Using the Tome as their guide, they activated the symbols on the menhirs and opened the gate. On the far side they found a larger circular room than the one they had just left, almost 50’ in diameter, with a ceiling perhaps 40’ high, overlooking three floors of display cases and alcoves. In the center of the main floor was a circular metal dais of some kind, where a bubble of some translucent purple energy held a spectral undead creature at bay.
On the far side of the chamber stood a cluster of five creatures, near a conveyor belt that stretched through another gate of some type that had obviously been wedged into place. strange cables snaked between all of these devices, and the entire scene was dimly lit by the strange flickering illumination they provided. Beyond the gate, the conveyor belt crossed some unknown gulf before disappearing into the hold of some strange vessel.
Elerra identified four of the creatures as probably being githyanki, while Wilfred identified the largest one as an ethereal, a type of inter-dimensional merchant (and added that most of the strange magi-tech devices in the room were of their manufacture). A brief verbal exchange where Elerra pointed out that the ethereal and his group were outnumbered, the ethereal released the undead darnoc caught in the prison bubble and combat ensued.
While Eodain and his companions moved to fight the darnoc, Meroln charged one of the githyanki. The githyanki and the ethereal quickly surrounded Meroln, and he fell beneath their attacks.Before the githyanki could press their new advantage, however, the ethereal was killed, after which they all fled the chamber, knowing that the gate holding open their access to this tiny demi-plane would soon be collapsing. Only the soul-knife who had felled Meroln failed to escape, losing his head as the conveyor belt carried his body to the closing gate. Meroln was revived as the party turned to the Eyes of Domm to see how they fared.
Eodain and his group finished off the darnoc at the same time, leaving the two groups to pick over the leavings of the githyanki. Several objects proved to be magical, but the Eyes of Domm were interested only in the Emerald Frog, which was in the second crate the group pried open. other loot left behind by the githyanki included an odd spellbook that contained only the spell Fireball and then a guide to a pair of feats tailored directly to the casting of that or a similar spell (Cometstrike and Implosion), a guide to the construction of several low-level clockwork devices, The fourth item was a large leathery scroll, nearly the size of a small tapestry, that gave instructions for an Invocation that would allow up to 12 casters to cast a Teleport Circle on any night when one of the moons were full.
After more discussion, it was decided that Squizzles and Varian would return to Rel Mord, to consult with the Eyes’ superiors there. After three days of travel, the pair arrived in the city, walking the last mile so as not to overfly the city with the dragon. Once they reached the Temple of Boccob, Squizzles plead his case before Sargil, the high priest, shamelessly dropping Tenser’s name and deftly failing to mention Galen’s. Sargil, bemused yet impressed by the kobold bard’s command of the common tongue, bade Squizzles to stay the night, while he checked on his story. The next morning, Sargil, having checked Squizzles story, told Varian to transport Squizzles back to his group, and to allow them, this time, to collect the Frog and give it to Tenser.
With Squizzles returned, the party made their way back to Nessermouth and made their way back to Hardby, though a storm made the return trip days longer than their previous one. Another day and a half saw them once more in Greyhawk City.
Arriving at the Green Dragon Inn, they were met by Galen, who accepted the Frog and paid them their fee. A further contract was offered, this time for a Lapis-lazuli Frog, involving a journey further than before; nearly 3000 miles (as the crow flies; significantly more traveling overland). It took months, but the group arrived in the city of Barkhoury on the 16th of Reaping.
Galen had indicated that the Frog in question could be found in the Temple of Geshtai in Barkhoury, but Barkhoury had three temples dedicated to the Rain Goddess. The second one that they visited, however, had a number of frog statues decorating the interior fountain. After discussing their options in the inner chambers, they asked for an audience with the High Priestess of the temple, Yulana dar-Alad, who listened to their tale, then bade them to return on the following day, when she should have a decision.
As we left the group, they had taken rooms at the Inn of the Golden Voyage, awaiting the dawn…
It is now the 17th of Reaping, 599 C.Y.