14 Zarantyr 999
After we bested the Gorilla King, he vowed to leave Savinth-Yi with his army. Unfortunately, we did not accomplish this feat unscathed, as Reldig was critically wounded and Silus was gravely ill. We returned to the Artisan District with them in tow, leaving them to the district’s healers.
Our group numbers were dangerously low, so we recruited Jelpair, the gnome arcanist, to join us. We then decided to head to the newly vacated Merchant District the next day to find and explore the final vault. It was determined that we should stock up on healing wands and potions since we we don’t really have a healer being that Garrion tends to put himself in harms way more often than not. We used party treasure and purchased:
(1) Wand of Cure Mod. Wounds (4500 gp)
(1) Potion Cure Serious Wounds (750 gp)
(2) Potions Cure Moderate Wounds (600 gp)
(1) Potion of Remove Sickness (50 gp)
(2) Potions of Remove Disease (600 gp)
The next morning we set out. When we reached the Merchant District we found it completely trashed. Feces and garbage were everywhere. Disgusting creatures. Once we passed through the district and headed toward the cliff wall, I spotted a trail leading to a cleft. I was convinced that was the path to the vault and steered our group that way. Lem took the lead and kept ahead of us checking the trail for traps and pitfalls. She disappeared up the trail and then reemerged after a while telling us that she found a set of metallic double doors set in the cleft of the wall. She quickly headed back and we followed.
We followed the trail up to the cleft and then rounded a corner. The large double doors were right in front of us. A large engraving of a fish was etched across their width. Lem moved forward to check for traps on the door with Garrion close behind. Jelpair followed them while I took up the rear keeping an eye out for any dangers. And there one was! I saw movement in the shrubbery on a ledge above us and across the chasm. I drew my bowstring back and squinted to see what it was. Just then, a Charau-ka stood up and pushed a spiked log off the ledge. It swung on a rope down toward Garrion and slammed into the wall next to him. I loosed three arrows at the creature, all of them finding their mark, but he did not fall.
A second Charau-ka emerged on the ledge and pushed another spiked log down at Jelpair, barely missing him. In fact, it caught his hat as it swung over his head. At this point we begain hearing chanting from the ledge directly above us. Four more Charau-ka were overhead! And to make matters worse, a third and fourth Charau-ka stepped out from the ledge across the chasm and pushed two more spiked logs down. Garrion and Jelpair were both impaled on the spikes. The first Charau-ka shrieked at me and threw a javelin with all his might, hitting me in the shoulder. Before it could celebrate its hit, I fired three more arrows, the last blasting through his mouth and out the back of his head.
One of the Charau-ka above us climbed down and smashed Jelpair with its greatclub. Jelpair looked terribly injured at that point, when all of a sudden, he grabbed a gizmo off his belt and twisted it, causing a rip in space and time to open up in front of him. He stepped through and reemerged behind me! And then a split second later, he disappeared!
I was so mesmerized byJelpair and his magical trinkets that I almost didn’t see a second Charau-ka climb down behind me. Luckily, as it landed, it gashed its hand open and couldn’t attack. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Garrion call upon his magics and shape-shifted into a huge Air Elemental. He flew out above the chasm between us and the Charau-ka across the way. One of those Charau-ka screamed at him and threw a javelin which somehow hit him.
Lem found herself wedged into a corner with a Charau-ka facing her. She was a flurry of movement, deftly dodging all of its attacks and then landing one of her own. Her rapier hit the beast in its neck, causing major damage and a steady stream of gushing blood.
The Charau-ka that attacked Jelpair before he disappeared charged me, but in his haste and rage hit his club on the cliff wall. I heard a distinctive crack from the weapon. A second crack sounded as a lightning bolt shot straight down hitting one of the Charau-ka. It had to be the work of Garrion! The Charau-ka must have known that as well, as he shrieked and threw two javelins at Garrion, hitting him very hard.
Strangely, a clock dropped out of nowhere between Lem and me on the path. It twisted and spun its gears and then all of a sudden I felt so much faster and everything around me seemed to slow down a little. Thank you, Jelpair, wherever you are! The speed increase made it even more impossible for the Charau-ka to hit Lem. She was a blur of movement. I got even more shots off at one of the Charau-ka across from us, killing it with an arrow through the eye. It tumbled off the cliff and into the chasm below.
Garrion flied to place himself between theCharau-ka and the sun, making him more difficult to see and thus harder to hit. He then called lightning down on the same Charau-ka that he blasted before.
Jelpair was nowhere to be found! Lem continued make herself an impossible target. Then she stabbed out with her rapier, slicing the achilles of the Charau-ka she was facing. While I watched her display of agility, a Charau-ka jumped down from the cliff above us. With my newfound speed, I was able to take the time to target all the weak spots in his armor and hit him with four arrows – the last finding a weak spot in his neck – killing him.
I thought I had seen it all, but then a tree in the chasm swung one of its branches, slamming a Charau-ka into the cliff wall between Lem and me. Garrion strikes again!
Jelpair reappeared on the cliff ledge above us with, what I could only describe as a cross between a catapult and a crossbow, and fired a canister of some sort at the group of Charau-ka above me. The canister hit and created a nasty smelling cloud that enveloped the beasts. I could hear them coughing and gagging.
One of the Charau-ka from above escaped the cloud by climbing down the cliff right in front of me. Big mistake! I fired four more shots, all of them hitting, with the last splitting an arrow already lodged in its chest and driving back into its spine.
Garrion shouted something and pointed at the creature in the stinking cloud. A pillar of flame dropped out of the sky, burning away the cloud along with all of the Charau-ka‘s hair! They’re even uglier without the hair!
After that, the rest of the Charau-ka fell quickly. Individually the Charau-ka weren’t too tough, but the group of them did quite a bit of damage. Jelpair used many charges from our newly acquired wand to heal himself and Garrion.
We looted the two Charau-ka that didn’t fall into the chasm, finding:
2 Copper armbands with fish symbols
2 MW hide armor
2 MW great clubs
Once we were ready to continue, Lem looked over the doors to determine if they were trapped. She seemed fairly certain that they weren’t, so she pushed the doors open into a cavern with a stone floor buffed to a shine. Lem crouched down as if to hide, but I could see her plain as day. Halflings are odd. She moved back and forth across the room inching forward with every sweep. We all moved forward.
Out of nowhere, a large female form materialized in front of us. She had horns and was bare chested, wearing high quality silks, a mask, an amulet around her neck, and the same copper armband our Charau-ka friends had outside. She also had a longbow strung around her back. She inhaled deeply and then blew out a cone of snow and ice at us! We were all able to dodge out of the way so as not to take the full brunt of the attack, but only Lem seemed to come out unscathed.
Then a second one popped into existence and breathed out the same nasty cone of cold with the same result. Jelpair yelled, “Ogre Magi!” He may as well have said, “tall ice bitch” in Gnomish for all the good that did me. He didn’t need to yell anything for me to know they were bad news. I raised my bow and shot three arrows before they could blink and hit the first one twice and narrowly missing a third.
Lem cartwheeled and tumbled past the first Ogre Magi as it swung at her unsuccessfully three times. Garrion used his magics to turn into a large earth and stone creature and then melted into the ground. Jelpair reached into a pouch at his belt and retrieved the clock he had used earlier. He tossed it between us as its gears twisted. Faster again!
Right as I looked up from the clock, the two Ogre Magi disappeared. Luckily I was prepared. I reached into my handy haversack and pulled out a potion of See Invisibility, which I gulped down immediately. The two Ogre Magi suddenly came back into view.
Garrion popped his earthen head out of the stone wall of the cavern but did nothing else. He obviously couldn’t see them. Jelpair reached up to his goggles and twisted some dials. My guess is that he was adjusting them to see invisibility as well, but in doing so he left himself open to an attack from the second Ogre Magi. She punched him right in the side of the head and became visible again to everyone.
Everything went dark. Only my darkvision kept everything in sight. I think the Ogre Magi thought they were safe in the dark, but I’m sure they changed their minds when three more of my arrows found their mark. The last arrow cut across its brow causing blood to spray into her face and daze her. Garrion emerged from the wall and cast a spell. A snake-like line of fire stretched between both Ogre Magi. The damage caused was enough to fell the first creature. The second one burned and then screamed.
Jelpair took the opportunity to dimension step into the room, but appeared to just survey the area from a distance. Lem jumped onto the Ogre Magi and bounded up its body, finishing with a stab to her face. Unfortunately she got too close and the creature grabbed her in one of her massive hands. I shot at the Ogre Magi, but only hit once, as I tried to avoid hitting Lem, who continued to struggle until she was unceremoniously thrown out the door and into the tree that Garrion had animated.
Garrion chanted a few words causing a greenish slime to cover his fist. He punched the Ogre Magi and the green slime transferred to her. It seemed to be sucking the life right out of her! Jelpair quicly made some adjustments to his crossbow launcher and fired bolts of energy. They unerringly hit their target. I fired off some more arrows and Jelpair launched more energy bolts and the creature finally collapsed. The slime consumed its body and then shriveled away.
Lem threw a grappling hook over to the vault entrance and deftly swung back to the ledge. Jelpair produced his healing wand again and treated the injured while I went to take a look at the Ogre Magi’s equipment. I found:
(2) Large Masterwork Composite Longbows
(2) Low level Amulets of the Mighty Fist
(2) Large Copper fish armbands
A memory flooded back to me when I saw the armband up close. The fish was an exact rendering of a crimson piranha-like fish called Maka-yika, which is also the name and symbol of a mercenary band of criminals out of Farshore, led by a Kava Bush Devil, who raped and pillaged across the island. I was part of a group supported by the local government of Farshore to hunt down and kill the band. We took out much of the group before they fled into the forest, but unfortunately the Kava Bush Devil got away.