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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).
At the previous session the characters had gotten rid of the dangerous minotaur who had chased them to the stone bridge over the abyss of lava inside the volcano, in fact still you could feel in the charged atmosphere of the cave the smell of burning flesh emanating from the body of the beast after throwing a bottle of oil and set it on fire.
As they caught their breath and decided what would be their next step with the information they had managed to obtain from the previous session (wolfish creatures enclosed in a fence in the left tunnel, "little people" enslaved beyond the second portcullis and battle sounds in the tunnel right), realized that at the walls of the abyss there’s a small path leading to the entrance of a small cave.
Luna decided to send Fuego to explore and, after hearing the plaintive howls of the fox after entering the den, she decided to risk going down the path and into the narrow space, allowing her to discover the mummified corpse of an old man dressed with a threadbare grey robe and holding a book in his bony hands. Reading the book they would know that it was the corpse of Festher, an ancient Druid mate of Shar (whom they met in session #4), and this was his journal where he recorded his last days with passages like the following:
"They are tens, hundreds... and bring with them those ugly beasts. They are all fleeing the sea. I can feel their anger even locked up in the mountain. I've never seen those clerics, nor know to which order they belong, but I sense the evill in them."
"Nights are tormenting me with nightmares of fire and destruction. I do not know what are devising these strange clerics, but there’s something awakening, as if the mountain itself is alive. "
"I cant go out. They are everywhere. I just eat carrion and the few rats that I can hunt. I long to breathe the fresh air from outside. But it is dangerous and I'm so tired right now... "
Along with the journal they also found two vials of Healing Grave Wounds heal wounds and a strange ring on one hand of the body that turned out to be magical (ie a ring that increases the Armor Class of its carrier).
Following this discovery they decided to explore the tunnel on the left and saw the pack of 5 giant wolves led by a Warg, who did nothing but howl after smelling the players and the minotaur (remember that his body still burning in bridge), so (after the corresponding dice roll...) the beasts jump over the fence and begin chasing them, a situation that is further complicated by the emergence of a group of goblins who do not hesitate to join the fray (remember how at the end of the previous session two of them fled through that tunnel?).
And with these they repeat the same scene of the previous session, run away to the bridge while they are preparing some of the remaining oil bottles and thus make the same move, although in this case the situation was more animated and Meler the mystic, who had decided to hide in the shadows to surprise the group of goblins and attack almost ends up falling into the abyss of lava after a fumble... and Kai the samurai is not that fine during the session as... after another fumble she shots Washi the eagle with an arrow (she didn’t kill it but won’t be able to fly...).
After the skirmish and get rid of the wolves, the warg and the goblins they realized that the noise of the battle in the tunnel at the right had stopped so curiosity overcomes them and decide to investigate, so Luna the half-elf decides to send ahead Fuego (yes, again...).
After hearing the whine of the poor animal the whole group is launched in a rush and discover the following scene:
A dark elf, surrounded by orcs and grabbing Fuego by the neck while staring at them with a deadly glare, at their feet a group of human warriors dead or dying and among them Lieutenant Gascón (which was part of the crew of the Sombra Rauda and disappeared after the attack on the enemy fleet). Seeing them before they can do anything the dark elf orders his minions to attack the group and magically disappears with Fuego ("Nooo.....!!!" shouted Luna).
In the next battle, the valiant heroes manage to defeat the orcs (even if there is... the third fumble of the session when the paladin Keilor hits Meler with his hammer) and talk to the dying Gascon:
After saying these words, and before that the characters can stop him, he races against the ogres who just appeared to give them time to escape and they soon kill him and are ready to pursue the group, which runs to the second gate and barely are able to lift it and thus keep it open to pass. As this occurs they are fighting the unclean beasts in a bloody battle that took place at two levels as Grognak the barbarian was struggling perched on the portcullis a few turns.
Finally they are able to pass and the two remaining ogres are unable to raise the gate, let alone catch them with their dirty paws through the holes in this...
What will happen in the next session?
As is customary to say:
To be continued...
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