Shattered Star

Session 14
Lady's Light - Part 2

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Lamashan 28, 4716

  • The guy in the room turned out to be a Dhampir Magus. Although he dealt some significant damage to us, we killed him.
  • In a hallway with pillars (carved like Sorshen, of course), we faced three Marble Sentinels. The heads of three of the pillars detached and sprouted metal legs and claws!
  • Onos and Pavo fell into a clever spiked pit trap, but it was little more than a delay.
  • In a large room (decorated with a mural of Sorshen standing on a pyramid) we could see signs of a recent battle. We never found any clues as to who or what was killed here. Onos suspects this may explain how the two Gray Maidens died, but there’s no evidence for this. We did get attacked by an Incubus and a pair of summoned Schirs.
  • We found a room with a strange, magical, gray flame. When we tried to ignite a strange torch in the gray flame, five Cacodaemons were summoned and attacked us.
  • We found a long flight of stairs leading to another mural of Sorshen with “Prostrate thyself and demonstrate proper devotion, my sweet slave, if you wish to enter my domain.” The wall radiated strong Conjuration magic and we made the guess that repeating the phrase might Teleport us somewhere.
  • We decided to investigate the rest of the level before messing with the magic wall.
  • We found a hallway with many doors (leading to small rooms) and a secret door at the end, each inscribed with “Thou wouldst enter? Then thou must touch!” One door inscribed with “Thou wouldst enter to enjoy the company of the Runelord of Lust herself? Then thou must touch!” was trapped with a powerful cold trap. We tried several methods of getting the secret door to open, but to no avail.
  • We decided to rest for the night and take another crack at it with fresh eyes.

Loot

  • Emerald-studded earrings (1,500 gp)
  • Full plate armor (1,500 gp)
  • Heavy steel shield (20 gp) x2
  • Lapis necklace (325 gp)
  • Masterwork Composite Longbow [+ 5] (900 gp)
  • Masterwork Half-Plate (750 gp)
  • Masterwork Longsword (320 gp) x2
  • + 1 Rapier (2,320 gp)
  • + 1 Cloak of Resistance (1,000 gp)
  • Ring (500 gp) x7
  • Silver & pink pearl anklet (400 gp)

What’s Next

  • Figure out how to open the secret door or test out the magical Conjuration wall.
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Session 13
Lady's Light - Part I

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Lamashan 22, 4716

  • Holo has found a merchant interested in setting up a trade network for Mushfens mushrooms (and such). ( Sabriyya Kalmeralm)

Lamashan 23, 4716

Lamashan 26, 4716

  • Arrived in the Mushfens, met with Maroux, and went to the Troglodyte cave.

Lamashan 27, 4716

  • We spent the day setting up a shrine to Sarenrae in the cave, training, and setting up trade program.

Lamashan 28, 4716

  • We make our way to the Boggard cave and then through the tunnels toward the Lady’s Light.
  • When we reached the intersection of doom, we found the bodies of the spider monsters gone.
  • We investigated the monument and it appeared a person may have actually been encased inside the statue. A female with wings…maybe a Demon of some kind?
  • We came to a marble chamber with ten columns of female warriors and a shaft leading doiwn into darkness.
  • Four of the coulmns animated and attacked us. The Caryatid Coulmns broke some of our weapons, but we managed to destroy them.
  • The pit was protected with permanent Darkness and Silence spells (for some reason). At the bottom we found something that looked like a crypt or tomb.
  • In the sarcohphogus, we found the intact body of Sorshen? When Grath tried to take a gem out of the body’s skin his mind was transferred into the body of the woman! Grath’s body, is basically dead, but he’s now in the body of a Runelord!
  • One columned hall led to a river. The other led to a red, metal wall carved with scenes of Sorshen treating with bat-winged women. It looks like Sorshen bound numerous Succubi into various parts of the Lady’s Light.
  • The red metal wall is actually a door with a combination lock made out of the images. “Ayandamahla is bound to the Light for all ages.”
  • Behind the door, we found the river again, but also a pair of boats.
  • Down the river a short distance, we found a huge chamber. We “docked” the boats on a platform to investigate a large statue of a woman prepared to leap into the lake.
  • The Glass Golem almost killed Pavo, but when Grath ordered it to stop, it did! There seems to no purpose to this platform or guardian. It can water walk though, which is cool.
  • On a sandy beach, we found two mounds of sand and a door. The mounds are graves of Gray Maidens.
  • Behind the door, we find a room covered in murals of sexy times with otherworldly beings. (Amidaveus Yasrin)
  • In an octagonal room full of pillars, a strange man guarding a gate greeted Grath/Sorshen, but realized Grath wasn’t her and fell back into a defensive stance.

Loot

  • Emerald-studded earrings (1,500 gp)
  • Full plate armor (1,500 gp)
  • Heavy steel shield (20 gp) x2
  • Lapis necklace (325 gp)
  • Masterwork Half-Plate (750 gp)
  • Masterwork Longsword (320 gp) x2
  • Ring (500 gp) x7
  • Silver & pink pearl anklet (400 gp)

What’s Next

  • Fight this guy. See what’s behind the gate.
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Session 12
Death of a Hero

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Lamashan 10, 4716

  • We rescued the Troglodyte prisoner (a female named Azoresh).. She was able to give us some information. Most importantly, the chief and the oracle disagree with each other regarding working with the Gray Maidens.
  • We sent her back to the tribe.
  • We made our way west to the Boggard “temple.”
  • The temple was dedicated to Gogunta (Demon god of Baggards). Yay! More demon-worshipers!
  • We quickly find ourselves in a battle with five Boggards. They are joined by one of the chieftain’s guards who leaves to warn the rest of the tribe.
  • After mopping them up, we went around a corner to face the rest of the tribe, including their brood mother and chieftain. Sawyer’s create pit spell really comes in handy.
  • The Boggard tribe is no more.

Lamashan 11, 4716

  • We started down the “tunnel of spider creatures.”
  • At an intersection of tunnels (with a Thassilonian monument), we were attacked by three spider creatures. Grath charged into the fight before anyone could use the spider juice.
  • The three spider creatures teamed up and actually killed Grath!
  • We avenged Grath’s death, collected his body, and took his body to Maroux, but she was unable to bring him back from the dead.
  • We decided to bring Grath back to Magnimar in the hopes of having him reincarnated.

Lamashan 16, 4716

Loot

All loot has been distributed.

What’s Next

  • Craft some magic items.
  • Return to the Lady’s Light.
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Session 11
Boggards, a Hydra, and Troglodytes! Oh my!

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Lamashan 9, 4716

  • We found the scene of a battle. Boggards killed a bunch of Troglodytes. It looks like the these were equiped and/or helped by the Grey Maidens. We also found a holy symbol of Zevgavizeb.
  • We found the entrance ot the Troglodyte caves. They tried to scare us off by burning a oil-covered barricade. They refused to negotiate.
  • We came back after the barricade burned itself out and started cracking skulls.
  • We took out the three sentries, bluffed four more into aquescence, and ignore a room full of Trogs suffering from filth fever.
  • We found the Troglodyte chieftain (along with two lackeys and a crocodile). Although the crocodile nearly ate Grath, we managed to win, but had to kill the two lackeys because they were zealots.
  • Sulgesh is the Troglodyte we put in charge of the new tribe now worshipping Sarenrae.
  • Sulgesh told us the tunnel leading to the Lady’s Light are blocked by bad fungus and spider creatures. Also, the middle cave in the swamp is buarded by a Hydra. The third is at the Boggard’s lair.
  • The Boggarda apparently have some kind of “juice” that makes the spider creatures docile.

Lamashan 10, 4716

  • We went to the Boggard village and found it mostly abandonded. Or so it appeared.
  • As we moved through the village, we were ambushed by the Boggards.
  • We held off the rank & file Boggards with an illusion of a Troglodyte army (courtesy of the Shard of Pride). Then the leaders joined the fight – and promptly fled into the swamp.
  • While searching the village, we were attacked by a Bogwid (Frogtopus).
  • The pond adjacent to the village is full of Bogwiggles.

Loot

  • 950 gp
  • Breastplate (200 gp)
  • Chrysoberyl (100 gp) x6
  • Green crystal key (500 gp) (winds the Clockwork Servant)
  • Heavy Steel Shield (20 gp)
  • Jade holy symbol of Zevgavizeb (150 gp)
  • Leather Armor (10 gp) x3
  • Masterwork Bolas (302 gp)
  • Masterwork Dagger (Destroyed) (302 gp)
  • Pearl (50 gp) x12
  • Tiger eye (10 gp) x6

What’s Next

  • Be prepared to level to 5.
  • Rescue the Troglodyte prisoner.
  • Determine if/how to deal with the remaining Boggards in the pond.
  • Find the cave/tunnel that leads to the Lady’s Light in the Boggard village.
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Session 10
To the Mushfens!

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Lamashan 2 – 6, 4716

Lamashan 7, 4716

  • After going to Founder’s Honor, we tracked down Jasper at Beacon’s Point.
  • We had to save Jasper from a gang of drugged up thugs. Jasper is some kind of doomsday nutter.
  • We got him to tell us about the Mushfens. He told us to seek out a witch named Maroux.
  • Lady Heidmarch offered to get us passage down to the Mushfens.
  • We went to talk to Captain Fessender about securing passage.

Lamashan 8, 4716

  • After visiting the The Fifth Wind, we boarded the ship and headed south.
  • During the journey, we caught one of the passengers ( Dahlia) dumping the body of the second mate over the rail of the ship. We bought her story of getting revenge for her niece in Kaer Maga and let her go about her business.

Lamashan 9, 4716

  • We arrived at the Cape and made our way to shore.
  • While walking through the swamp, we were attacked by a Manticore.
  • When Pavo charged forward, he fell into a pool of quicksand.
  • We killed the Manticore and rescued Pavo. Everyone, except Onos, eats the Manticore.
  • We arrived at Maroux’s island and offered our help. She sent us to collect Kelpie’s Hair near a haunted shipwreck.
  • At the shipwreck (the Impdrake), we fought a bunch of Skeletons and a super-water-Skeleton. Then we got the Kelpie’s hair and a few pieces of treasure.
  • Maroux tells us A LOT of information about the Mushfens and the Lady’s Light.

Loot

  • Breastplate
  • Green crystal key (500 gp) (winds the Clockwork Servant)
  • Heavy Steel Shield

What’s Next
Head to the Troglodyte cave to see if we can negotiate with them or fight our way through them.

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Session 9
Mission Accomplished!

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

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What Happened

Rova 28, 4716

  • We found a stairwell down past a secret door. We also found a dead Shriezyx.
  • Down the stairs and past a door with a Sihedron Rune on it, we fought 3 live Shriezyx. They proved to be super tough. So, we left them alone and went in search of the fourth Derro.
  • We found several people (including a child) in various states of .suffering. We left them (after stabilizing them) to find the last Derro.
  • We finally found the last Derro along with a pair of Homonculi. The Derro Alchemist was brutally tough, but we managed to kill him.
  • We rescued the prisoners. All of them were clearly in shock and non-responsive.
  • We gathered up the prisoners, searched everywhere thoroughly, and returned to Magnimar.
  • The Lord-Mayor Haldmeer Grobaras personally congratulated us.

Lamashan 1, 4716

  • Lady Heidmarch tells us of all her research regarding the rest of the Shards. She even provided us with the proper Ioun Stone to deactivate the curse!
  • Bought a few essential items, visited monuments, and then went back to kill the Shriezyx. Although Pavo nearly died, we managed to kill all three of them.
  • We found the Shard of Greed and added the Ioun Stone to it. Pavo has claimed it.
  • We returned to Magnimar and sold off all our awesome treasures.

Loot

  • Green crystal key (500 gp) (winds the Clockwork Servant)
  • Silver & pearl brooch (Iza Jane)

What’s Next
Enjoy some time off in Magnimar. Figure out where the next Shard is located.

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Session 8
Back to The Crow

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

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What Happened

Rova 27, 4716

  • We headed back to The Crow. We didn’t finish all our crafting, but we’d heard rumors that the other Sczarni gangs were looking for the Tower Girls’ lair. So, we figured we should head back sooner rather than later.
  • We came to a room with numerous glowing runes on the floor and a glowing flame in the center. It’s a permanent Magic Circle Against Law that probably once held a fire creature prisoner.
  • We found a room with four (normal-sized) Lemures in it and a dead Mite. An Imp tries to make us surrender and then attacked.
  • We questioned the defeated Imp (who called himself Suzrain), but learned little of interest. There was some writing all the walls (likely from the Imps in Infernal).
  • We found a ruined alchemical laboratory.
  • We found room full of smashed containers. We found a three-legged metal man under the debris. It’s some kind of Clockwork creature. We use the green crystal key to wind it up. It came with us, but it didn’t really follow directions.
  • We went down yet more stairs, into the bottomless depths of The Crow.
  • We found ourselves in a sewer-like cistern. We could hear singing. We went the other way and found a series of natural passages covered in slime and fungus.
  • We passed a scum-covered pool, but before we could move past it, a torrent of Green Slime poured all over Pavo! Holo had to sacrifice his masterwork short sword to save Pavo’s life.
  • We come to a room with a winding path (the path was cracked and unsafe) and some pipes may have been flooding the area with poisonous gas. We decided to leave the room alone.
  • We found a large chamber with cross-shaped platforms over water. A pair of Cave Morays attacked us.
  • In a water-filled room, a voice tells us a bit about the tunnels, including the fact that there are Derro down here.
  • The voice belongs to Locherbie Brast. He asked us to retrieve his locket from the sunken ship we saw earlier for which he agreed to help us defeat the Derro.
  • We rested in and headed to the sunken ship.

Rova 28, 4716

  • When we went to investigate the ship (the Iza Jane), we were attacked by a trio of Reefclaws.
  • We looted the ship and found Locherbie’s locket. Then we returned with the locket. As expected, Locherbie is a Lacedon.
  • We entered a domed surgery theater with a Derro and a Golem made of rotting flesh.
  • During the fight, another Derro with a Darkmantle joined the fight.
  • And then, a third Derro joined the fray.
  • We dismissed Locherbie (because he was getting a bit too gross and scary). He asked us to return the locket to his girl, Iza Jane, but not tell her he’d become an horrible Undead creature.
  • We descended a ridiculously long spiral staircase which ended in the roof of a large cavern with the floor 80’ below us. The cavern is full of fungi and oozes. It may be an “unknown” entrance to the Darklands themselves. We got the hell out of there.
  • The Shard is indicating the end of our quest is behind a wall, but we can’t find a secret door or any way to get past the wall.

Loot

  • 117 sp
  • 16 gp
  • Aklys (5 gp)
  • + 1 Bracers of Armor (1,000 gp)
  • Everburning Torch (115 gp)
  • Frostspore poison (? gp)
  • Green crystal key (500 gp) (winds the Clockwork Servant)
  • Onyx Everburning Torch (150 gp) x3
  • Pearl (100 gp)
  • Scroll of Animate Dead (375 gp)
  • Silver & pearl brooch (? gp)
  • Small injection spear (? gp)
  • Small leather armor (10 gp) x3
  • Small repeating light crossbow (250 gp) x2
  • Small short sword (10 gp) x2
  • Wand of Charm Person (CL 1st; DC 11; 19 charges) (285 gp)

What’s Next

Find the fourth Derro and the Shard.

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Session 7
Many Chambers; Still No Shard

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

I accidentally forgot to create the page for session 7 on Friday night. I’ve tried to recreate it here from memory. It’s likely I’ve left off some things.

What Happened

Rova 21, 4716

  • After backtracking a bit, we found a room with two large pillars. One was carved with an image of Alaznist while the other was carved with images of seven people that each held one segment of the seven-pointed star (the Shards?). There were Thassalonian runes carved into the floor, “Does true power lie within the one or the many?”. The pillars radiated magic, but we were unable to discover their purpose.
  • We found our way to the room with the brass portcullis. A pillar with the Sihedron Rune carved into it served as a winch which allowed us to raise the portcullis.
  • Behind a barricaded door, we killed three Nupperibos.
  • In a room covered in some kind of black sludge, we fought the king of all Lemures.
  • We found a room with stairs going down, but filled with water. A magical force field kept the water from filling the room, but allowed us (well, an arm) to pass freely back and forth.
  • We found an room with a domed ceiling made of magic that allowed a grand view of the Varisian Bay from under the water! We could also see a ship wreck close by.
  • We found another statue of Alaznist, but this one turned out to be a magical trap that would bathe the chamber in fire. Luckily, there was a slight delay. So, we were able to bypass the trap by running past the chamber.
  • We found a huge room that must have once been a (the main?) laboratory. Despite all the wreckage in the room, we found nothing of value except a strange mural of armies of deformed creatures, Alaznist, and a tentacled monster.
  • In a natural cavern, a Gray Ooze attacked (and nearly killed Grath) us from a shallow pool.
  • We found a maze where all the surfaces were covered in iron plates and the iron plates were lined with magical runes. The entire place was something called a “rift siphon” and it basically served as a gateway to Hell. After defeating the Hell Hound at the center of the maze, we removed enough iron plates to deactivate the rift siphon.
  • In a room full of open cages, we fought three Fleshdregs.
  • We found and raised an iron portcullis.
  • In a room filled with murky water, were killed three Aquatic Sinspawn.
  • After recovering from the Sinspawn attack, we were quite depleted. We did a thorough search of all the places we’d been and then retreated back to Magnimar.
  • We checked in with Lady Heidmarch and met her husband.

Loot

  • + 2 Bracer of Armor (4,000 gp) (missing other bracer)
  • Green crystal key (500 gp)

What’s Next

Spend about a week in Magnimar crafting, resting, shopping, and doing research. Return to The Crow to finish exploring and find the Shard.

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Session 6
Exploring the Endless Corridors of The Crow

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

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What Happened

Rova 20, 4716

  • We found a large kitchen area where we were attacked by a horrible swarm of centipedes which we were barely able to defeat.
  • At the end of a hall, we entered a room with six Skeletal butlers/cooks/maids. Onos was able to wipe them out with channeled energy.

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  • After moving through a secret tunnel, we entered a large chamber with another statue of Alaznist and a Cave Fisher. We killed it, but Pavo was badly injured.
  • We descend even MORE stairs. In an octagonal, slime-covered chamber we found a red statue of Alaznist along with a horrible Abyssal Larva. Yuck! The thing nearly killed Onos before we could kill it. The statue carries a magical cold iron ranseur, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to break off the statue’s hand to claim the weapon.
  • Later, we encountered a pair of Nupperibo. We killed them easily and moved on. Since these creatures were clearly set as guards, we elected to fall back for fear of bring down an organized defense on our heads.
  • Through a different door, we faced two Nupperibo and a pair of Imps. We killed the Nupperbo and the Imps fled. we decided to fall back and rest.

Rova 21, 4716

  • We went back to the room with the Imps, but they were gone. We found a room blocked by a brass portcullis, so we went through a different door an found the two Imps with two more Nupperbo and an Accuser Devil who called himself Lord Baz. We killed both Nupperibo one Imp and drove off the other one and Lord Baz.

Loot

  • 325 cp
  • 350 sp
  • 259 gp
  • Amphora (35 gp)
  • Ancient Zither (? gp)
  • Basin (? gp)
  • + 1 Bladed Scarf (destroyed) (2,312 gp)
  • Bracer (magic) ( gp)
  • Brass platter (? gp)
  • Bronze statuette (? gp)
  • Cask of whiskey (10 gp) x2
  • Climber Kit (80 gp) x2
  • Exploration reward (500 gp)
  • Grappling Hook (1 gp) x2
  • Green crystal key (? gp)
  • Hand Crossbow (100 gp) x6
  • Hooded Lantern (7 gp) x7
  • Light Crossbow (35 gp) x2
  • Masterwork Hand Crossbow (400 gp)
  • Wasterwork Whip (301 gp)
  • Oil (1 gp) x12
  • Scavenged treasures (? gp)
  • Second Story Harness (55 gp) x3
  • Shortbow (30 gp)
  • Short Sword (10 gp) x8
  • Silk Rope 150’ (30 gp)
  • Silver Bracelet (? gp)
  • Silver Coffer (100 gp)
  • Sliver holy symbol (25 gp)
  • Small dagger (1 gp) x9
  • Smokestick (20 gp) x8
  • Spear (1 gp) x4
  • Spices (35 g;p)
  • Studded leather (25 gp) x9
  • Tanglefoot bag (50 gp) x9
  • Thassilonian coin (? gp) x98
  • Picture of Thibeedos (1,000 gp)
  • Thieves Tools (30 gp) x7

What’s Next

Continue exploring the never-ending passages of The Crow.

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Session 5
Exploring Beneath The Crow

For the long, narrative version, go HERE. For the bullet points, continue below.

What Happened

Rova 19, 4716

  • We decided to let Ayala go rather than try to “arrest” her.
  • We found a man (Holo) tied up. He had been working for Lady Heidmarch before we came along and had been captured by the Tower Girls about a day ago. We rescued him and brought him along with us.
  • We rest. For real this time.
  • Then we started the arduous task of searching every room for secrets.
  • (Alaznist vs. the Demon – Thibeedos [previous Runelord of Wrath])

Rova 20, 4716

  • Beyond a secret door, we find a long passage that ends on a ledge. Holo was going to cross the plank to the pillar, but we spotted a water spider in the water below. Grath went out to the pillar, but the plank broke. Luckily, we had him tied off and he didn’t fall int the water.
  • Through the crevice, we came into a web-filled room with a pair of water spiders. We killed them an investigated the chamber.
  • We took the stairs down (down to levels below sea level). We were chasing a Mite.
  • In a large burial chamber filled with piles of debris, we were attacked by Giant Ants.
  • In another large room with webs and debris, we were attacked by 9 Mites, with two of the riding Giant Spiders!
  • After descending deeper beneath The Crow, we find corridors filled with webs. We cut our way through to find a number of iron doors down the hallway.
  • Each door led to a 10′ × 10′ cell. Most were empty, bet we did encounter some more spiders. Pavo’s impatience got him poisoned. :(
  • We found an ancient torture chamber (or horrible laboratory). Trapped behind bars, a Sinspawn tried to get to us.
  • We found a magical well with healing waters.
  • In a large pillared chamber, we were attacked by six Giant Spiders.

Loot

  • 13 cp
  • 175 sp
  • 237 gp
  • Amphora (35 gp)
  • Basin (? gp)
  • + 1 Bladed Scarf (destroyed) (2,312 gp)
  • Brass platter (? gp)
  • Bronze statuette (? gp)
  • Cask of whiskey (10 gp) x2
  • Climber Kit (80 gp) x2
  • Exploration reward (500 gp)
  • Grappling Hook (1 gp) x2
  • Hand Crossbow (100 gp) x6
  • Hooded Lantern (7 gp) x7
  • Light Crossbow (35 gp) x2
  • Masterwork Hand Crossbow (400 gp)
  • Wasterwork Whip (301 gp)
  • Oil (1 gp) x12
  • Scavenged treasures (? gp)
  • Second Story Harness (55 gp) x3
  • Shortbow (30 gp)
  • Short Sword (10 gp) x8
  • Silk Rope 150’ (30 gp)
  • Silver Bracelet (? gp)
  • Sliver holy symbol (25 gp)
  • Small dagger (1 gp) x9
  • Smokestick (20 gp) x8
  • Spices (35 g;p)
  • Studded leather (25 gp) x9
  • Tanglefoot bag (50 gp) x9
  • Thassilonian coin (? gp) x98
  • Picture of Thibeedos (1,000 gp)
  • Thieves Tools (30 gp) x7

What’s Next

Continue exploring the seemingly endless chambers and hallways.

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