|Orc mask by Cornel Zueger (GrimZombie) (CC BY-SA 3.0)|
As always remember you may find spoilers, so if you are playing the campaign or think about playing it you probably do not want to read more beyond this point (or perhaps you want, who knows).
Having arrived the new players characters to the den of the monks worshiping Penumbra the action was divided into two parts:
In one hand we have Luna and Flynn in the upper floors of the underground complex and moving away from the place where they abandoned Meler the Mystic, unconscious and turned to a werewolf after being bitten in previous sessions (so being a NPC which, who knows, could appear in coming sessions...) as guttural cries were heard and sound of footsteps along with orders spoken by human voices ("Intruders").
In the other we have Hassba and Alanna appearing through the blue light fountain of said complex and finding an orc and ogre patrol to fight with, wit Alanna praying to benign Valion to help them with his gifts.
|Premade Tansparent Background by Sannalee01
Alas, poor Yorick... by Marcus Ranum
Assasin Dark Elf Render by Lopoko09
As for Luna and Flynn, when fleeing through a tunnel to avoid patrols finding them reached an open space with signs of heavy works made by orcs and ogres of the warrior forces of the monks, finding several scaffoldings as well as a bridge crossing the gap and a hoist allowing to lift down materials to the floors below. Nonetheless there was something that drew their attention... A bundle covered with a blanket, after removing it showed the impaled corpse of the Dwarf Darin Jadegris (whom they trusted the protection of the girls to be sacrificed to honor Penumbra in sessions 12, 13 and 14 and asked to go outside with them). After this grim finding they heared the unmistakeble voice of the Dark Elf which they had already faced in previous sessions who defiant announced that this will be their end and saw him appearing in the other side of the bridge, grabbing the unfortunate Adrinne (one of the girls mentioned above) by the neck and tossing her to the void after slitting her throat with a knife. when Luna noted that the group efforts to save the girls had been in vain her rage grew when she discovered that the damned Dark Elf adorned his chest with ths skin of a fox, her mascot which disappeared right after confronting the Elf, but before she could even come close to him, a horde of orcs appeared and fell on them with the clear intention of reducing or even killing them.
|Savage Orc by farmerownia (CC BY-SA 3.0)|
Luckily for both Hassba and Alanna, who where successful in their fight with the patrol they had previously encounterd, had gone upstairs and attracted by the sound of battle and the guttural shouts of the orcs saw the fight taking place at that moment, deciding to back Flynn and Luna and attack the orcs (something in which Hassba, as an Assassin, excelled with skill when ambushing and attacking 3 of the fierce warriors in the back). This distraction allowed Luna and Flynn (who skilfully used the Sing spell to praise Valion's glory and get the relevant bonuses) to use the hoist and lower the basket to the lower level while dffending from some gargoyles attacks. While descending the couple saw they were going to a chasm with a lava pond at the bottom and a stone bridge allowing to safely cross it with two ogres protecting it that were easy prey for the characters (Flynn emulated Indiana Jones and used his whip to push down one of the creatures to lava).
|Cubo gelatinoso by Manu Saez|
After having helped both to run away Hassba and Alanna also took advantage to escape and finally hid in the level's pantry (see session 19) and Luna and Flynn were wandering through the level antil finding a cave with a little man inside apparently busy with a very important task, surrounded by a huge amount of papers, files and writing tools, but before having the oportunity of do something a trap was activated and a gelatinous cube fell from the cave's ceiling. Luckily they managed to dodge it but then began to pursue the couple with not very pleasing intentions...
What will happen in the next session?
As is customary to say:
To be continued...
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