The light faded behind the party as it advanced into the sewers, straddling the vile goo which flowed out by small walkways on either side. Magical light flared up from the party’s casters, guiding their slow advance. As the light behind them grew smaller, a form shambled towards them. As the party members readied themselves for battle, they saw a hollow-eyed women throw her head back, as an unnatural voice rang out throughout the tunnel.
Speaking in Elven, the voice, tinged with madness, questioned the party briefly before offering its friendship in exchange for a simple service, Edluar’s death. While the majority of the party sympathized with the voice, they were none the less inclined to decline, and their response was sealed as Edluar loosed an arrow into the shambling form, dropping it into the goo with a wet plop.
“Left is the path to fortune and glory.” This old adventurer’s adage would guide the party as it descended further into the tunnels. After all, any adventurer that could be called “old” surely knew something worth listening to. As they approached one dead end, the party spotted a weeping woman. A quick round of “nose goes” and a cursed helmet, landed Merek the job of scout. Floating forward, he looked over the weeping woman. However, Akuma grew impatient with his caution, and walked forward, admonishing Merek for not instantly comforting the woman.
As Akuma approached her, the weeping woman turned to face the wizard, clutching the decaying body of her son in her arms. “The elf told me he could save him,” she wept, staring at Akuma. “If only I would be anointed, he said he would save my son.” Akuma tried in vain to comfort the woman, however she only grew more frantic. Shambling forward, she held her child’s corpse out to the wizard, “You can save him, cant you?” she pleaded, ignoring Akuma’s protests. “You’re a liar like him, you won’t save him!” she exclaimed, before leaping forward and sinking her teeth into the wizard’s neck.
Though frantic, the woman quickly fell to the party’s combined fire. As her body slumped, Akuma shoved her body into the water, murmuring that next time she would just shoot any crying woman she may encounter. Taking a moment to cleanse the blood-thirsty wizard of the elf’s taint, the party soldiered on.
Not long after, the party was making its way down a straight stretch of the sewer when Nhar`qual’s voice rang out through the tunnel once more, admonishing them for having refused his generous offer. As if to punctuate his reproach, an aberrant creature staggered upright from the sludge, seemingly half-troll, half-human with its intestines splayed out before its body. The party’s fighters surged forward while the casters fell back.
However, the ambush had been well laid. As the casters fell back, a second creature rose up from below, laying into Akuma and entangling the wizard as its intestines came to life and burrowed into Akuma’s body with lamprey-like mouths. The party began to scramble about, with Merek and Akuma dimension door-ing anyone who was unable to tear themselves free of the creature’s viscera to freedom. When the frantic battle finally finished, the entirety of the party was still standing.
While the rest of the party set about dealing with the aftermath of the fight, Akuma’s curiosity got the better of her once more as she spotted movement in the water. Sweeping into the water with her butterfly net, she discovered that a type of slime lived in the sewer. Resolving once more to avoid the water, the party set off.
After a time, they came to a four-way intersection within the sewer, centered around a large whirlpool. Resolving to take the left path, the party began darting across the water to cover each of the passages. However, not long after the crossings began, Akuma and Edluar noticed something scurrying in the darkness. While Edluar waited for to find out what was there, Akuma did not want a repeat of her encounter with the tainted mother. As soon as she spotted movement in the tunnel, she loosed a fireball into the area. As the tunnel lit up in a brilliant flash, those nearby could see fleshy six-legged creatures the size of a dog, scurrying towards the party in all directions.
As the ones Akuma had blasted fled from the fireball, more of the creatures scurried from each of the other tunnels. As they scrambled forward, the creatures leapt up towards the party members’ heads, latching onto Merek and Elias’ faces. While the one on Elias shoved his proboscis into the druid’s mouth, Merek simply sighed as the creature wrapped around his helmet. As Merek vanished out from under his creature, Elias ripped his from his head.
Seeing what the creatures wanted to do, the party fought on more frantically against the hoards of tainted creatures. As the battle wore on, Edluar tried to remove the bulk of the tainted spiders from the battle by way of a deep slumber spell. However, the creatures’ natural resistance to spells protected them from the spell’s effects. Unfortunately, Skata, the party’s minotaur, did not have any such natural resistance. As he dropped into a peaceful slumber, Allyndor grasped Elais, and blinked across the gap of sewer water to rejoin the bulk of the party, leaving the slumbering minotaur alone.
Seeing the minotaur in need, Edluar attempted to spider walk over the whirlpool to attempt to rescue him. However, this prompted a tainted troll to crawl up from the depths below. Thinking quickly, Edluar charmed the troll, and ordered it to defend Skata. Spinning about, the troll lifted Skata out from under the dog pile of tainted spiders, placing him next to Merek, who promptly teleported the freshly awoken minotaur back with the rest of the party.
Meanwhile, Kiwi, Caitlyn, and Damhsa darted through fleshy creatures, cutting down their flank before rejoining the rest of the party. Edluar turned to his troll ally as Nhar’qual’s voice rang out through the sewer, mocking Edluar’s spells, before failing an attempt to dispel charm. Not wanting to give the elf another chance, Edluar ordered the troll to go to the sewer’s entrance.
It wasn’t long before the last of the tainted spiders fell to the party. Taking another few minutes to lick their wounds, the party members prepared to delve further into Emin Nir’s ruins.
Characters Present: Damhsa daughter of Scottia, Merek Falk, Elais, Akuma, Kiwi Fuzzyfoot, Allyndor the Wanderer, Edluar the Seeker, Caitlyn, Fritz
XP Award (APL 7): 1015
Roleplaying XP Bonus: Merek