Crimson Mercenaries

Miss your Enemies, Crit your Friends

Session 5

As the party bandaged their wounds they hear doors creaking and as they look out of the store room they see Spludge free of his cage and entering the double doors Balgron was supposed to be behind. The party pursues him upon entering the door Spludge spots the party, panics and attempts to warn the rest of the goblins but its mowed down by a firebolt from Rio before he rounded the corner. As the party looks around the corner they are spotted by Balgron’s goblins. One of them rings a bell with all his might before having an arrow from Ardra pin him to the wall instantly dropping him. From the noise created the now alerted Goblins poured out of Balgron’s barracks room. The party fought them off but during the fight Rio’s spells went off track striking Roam and Boaty was hit by a wild Conri hammer catching them off guard and knocking Boaty out. When they got to Balgron’s room it was discovered he slipped away somewhere unknown. The party found a chest with a very complicated lock on it. After finding out that even Ardra was unable to pick it they decided to smash it open (office space style) after a few swings grace smashed it open and they recovered the treasure from it.
As the party searched for Balgron throughout Shadowfell keep they rediscovered the fungus covered bronze door that read “Stay Out. Really” Roam, Boaty, Conri and Grace tried to push the door open and it would not budge. As the party looks defeated trying to open the door ardra rips it open with ease and the party enters to see a room filled with water and an island 10 feet away. Grace noticed something dark moving throughout the water and Roam hit it with a Javelin. A giant blue slime emerged from the water and the party engaged in battle with it.
During the battle Roam Conri and Grace were heavily damaged during the battle but managed to heal each other fighting side by side keeping the ooze at bay. The battle raged on in an extended fight with everyone taking purchase on the slime and feeling the sting of acid burn their skin. After a time the ooze started to break apart and Boaty tried to flank the ooze but was slapped unconscious. As a last desperate move as consciousness was leaving his body he unleashed retribution with thunderous wrath burping and farting lighting as the ooze made contact with him. Lightning coursed through the beast in the water frying it. As the chamber went quiet the party leaped on to the island and found a shield of protection some treasure and a wooden cylinder with the following documents:
1 A map of Shadowfell Keep
2 “Remember, don’t wet the nodule—unless Kalarel is not receptive to the offer. Then, wet it only from a distance, and then, turn and run. Water will bring the creature out of its dormancy, and it will consume anything it can reach.”
3 A hand written letter: “Greetings, Kalarel. I have recently learned of your activity in the area and have an offer for you. During your time in this region, if you should capture any humanoids, we are eager to buy them. We have duergar allies in Thunderspire in need of slave stock. If you are interested, send an envoy back to me. My messengers will show the way.” It is signed: “Chief Krand of the Bloodreavers.”
After the long fight and looting the chamber the exhausted party went back to Balgron’s chamber and sealed the secret passage and barricaded the door to rest for the night and patch up their wounds. As the party was ready to sleep Conri and Grace made a revelation to the party. Conri reminded the party of the moments at the Inn when they met Grace, and why he was so worried to meet her. He explained that unbeknownst to him, he was the offspring of a Human and a Lycan, so he has had the curse his entire life but had no outward signs of it besides the small physical traits of his pointy-ish ears and slightly extended canines. A few months ago a tribe of Lythari had heard of the marriage of Conri and one of their own (Grace), this outraged them to their core and came to the MacSage’s house to show Grace what she was married to. They pulled out the Curse within Conri and he transformed in front of them all, scaring away Grace and injuring a few Lythari before being left for dead. After telling the party of this they were mostly accepting as it has not seemed to push him to evil. Grace then expanded upon this as she explained that she was also a shifter. The Lythari elves could shift into a full wolf form, and that she lived a large part of her life as a wolf. Ardra then wanted to pet them both behind their ears and rub their bellies which was met by swift growls from both Grace and Conri.

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