BAND OF IRONS

Battle in the Slime

The pools are poked and prodded and eventually the covers are ruptured, they seem to be almost like a scab covering a wound. Under the scab is a watery slime that continues to pulse red light. The slime is again investigated as all the covers from all the pools are disturbed.

In one pool the outline of a humanoid can be seen, Turok is brave enough to test the slime by touching it and finds it soothing and cool, he decides to take a dip and investigate the figure. It is easy to swim in the slime and Turok begins to heal hit points. He sees that all teh pools are connected into one large pool. Reaching the figure, it looks to be a Troglodyte, he grabs it and brings it to the surface, he sees another figure in another area.

The Troglodyte that Turok brings up is dead. Its arms are normal unto the elbow, then it appears that there are octopus tentacles instead of its forearm and claws. There are two more tentacles sprouting from its back. Suddenly Turok is grabbed from behind, another Troglodyte has come up from the depths of the pool and is pulling him under.

The Trogledyte in the pol looks to have sickles for forearms, but not metal ones, some sort of bone like blades. Turok and the Troglodyte struggle in hand to hand combat under the liquid, Turok is able to kill the Troglodyte and climbs form the pool.

The party continues toward the fire, they can see a large bonfire and about a dozen troglodytes dancing about it. The stone that senses the body they came for, indicates that this is where they have to go. They get ready to charge

There is a large 20 foot diameter smooth black disk and an enormous stalactite hanging from the ceiling, they note this as they charge toward the seemingly unaware troglodytes….

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The Great Grotto

After descending what Tiberious says is about 500 feet below where they entered, they encounter what they assume is the same waterfall again. It tumbles over a cave entrance, falling 50 feet before splashing against a cone of rubble. The roar of the falling water is deafening.

Approaching the fall, you see that there is a huge cave beyond this passage, it is illuminated in a weak white glow, letting you see that it falls 50 feet below you and rises 50 feet above. The ceiling looks to be stalactite covered. 100 feet to the left is a large opening, 100 feet across, dotted with house sized mushrooms. 100 feet to the right is a smaller opening, 40 feet wide and high, that has a harsh red glow coming from within. Far in the distance, maybe a 1000 feet you can see a large bonfire and shapes moving about it.

The only way in looks to be a precarious ump from the mouth of your cave, to the top of the rubble pile, about 7 feet. You woudl then be able to clamber down the rubble pile to the cave floor. The party manages to all jump to the rubble pile and descend to the cave floor.

The group moves to the left, to the mushroom area. The mushroom vary in size from that of a man to that of a small house. They are white colored and the stereo typical cap and stem mushroom, and all give off a dull white glow.

One of the mushrooms are climbed and 50 feet ahead of you looks to be a hunters blind with 3 troglodytes in it. They are atop a large mushroom, 12 feet off the ground and are looking further into the mushroom patch, they are armed with spears. The party attempts to sneak up on them and is successful.

As they attack the troglodytes from behind they notice that one has bug like antennae growing from its head. Before they can dispatch the Troglodytes a huge praying mantis attack both groups. The Mantis has enormous mandibles, much larger than a typical mantis, it also has a red and black shield grafted onto its ‘chest’.

The fight is over quickly,a s the party is able to dispatch both the trogs and the mantis. They skulk across the large grotto to ward the red glow of the smaller cave opening. The cave is 60 feet in diameter and contains 5 -15 foot diameter disks which pulse with a red-purple light. Nearing the disks they seem to be translucent covering of a pool that descend into the cave floor

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Why the rocks they rumble, into the dark we stumble.

The group descends the knotted rope along side the falls. They see what Vinny saw in the water and believe it to be a water weird or water elemental. Turok wants to kill it and retrieves some of the rusty Troglodyte javelins from the outpost as the others try to figure what the thing in the water is. No amount of looking produces any result and even a thrown javelin just makes the unnatural disturbance in the water move away….the group gives up and leaves.

The passage has several twists and turns and seems to spiral downward. The group encounters several treacherous climbing spots. The party splits at a fork. Raif, Turok, Helm, Kvothe (group 1) and Tiberious, Alynis and Vinny (group 2)

Group 2 finds a dead end at a perfectly circular shaft which heads upward to the surface where very faint light can be seen, they are at least 150 feet down. The shaft also goes straight down, disappearing in blackness and seemingly without a bottom. They turn to catch the others.

Many hundred feet later the lead group, Turok, Kvothe, Raif and Helm (group 1) encounters what is assumed to be the same waterfall, thundering through a hollow that includes a wet and slippery wood planked rope bridge 75’ to the other side. The crossing is tense for Raif, but Turok skips across it (nat20) Turok briefly considers cutting the bridge to impede the others following.

As the second group gets to the rope bridge the first group is a few hundred feet ahead. Tiberious and Vinny in the second group navigate the bridge easily. Group 1 runs into a chasm full of rubble, looking like the floor had collapsed as well as the ceiling. They don’t cross it well, sliding and tumbling as they scramble up the other side. This allows Group 2 to close. Group 2 navigates the chasm much better and now are only 100 feet behind.

Looming out of the darkness there is a large stalagmite, it has a mouth full of sharp teeth and a single unblinking eye. Arrows are loosed at it and group 2 catches up, reuniting the party. Tiberious says the stalagmite looks like a roper a creature of the underdark who camouflages as a stalagmite. It is eventually determined that this is a carving. Most likely to scare or hold up intruders….

The party continues to descend as the tunnel seems to continue to also wrap around like a spiral. Tiberious guesses you are 300 feet below ground now as you encounter the waterfall once again. The waterfall thunders through an opening cutting off the passage.
The only way along is to cling to the wall to either side of the waterfall. .

Care is taken to rope everyone together as the only way across is a slick ledge that is 11 inches wide. There are handholds cut into the rock, but it is very dangerous. Vinny volunteers to go first (rolls a 1) and plummets off the edge.

Tiberious hauls back on the rope as Vinny smashes against the cave face and is soaked by the ice cold water. Tiberious is able to haul him up. The rest of the group is able to get across the ledge although it is a slow crossing and everyone ends up splashed with water..

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Another Mile another abandoned outpost

The group continues to move through the fetid grey swamp. Up ahead they hear rushing water and see another structure rising from the gloom. Approaching and seeing no movement they see it is a large mound of earth 60 feet long and build among some old stone ruins. Nothing remains of the ruins but a portion of the wall and a few battered columns

Sneaking up it is a huge “berm” with fighting positions atop. Clearly a Troglodyte outpost by the smell of the thing. Behind it is 30 foot diameter hole in the ground, a small river flows into it, tumbling below to an unknown depth as a water fall, of which the roar of water is heard more clearly now.

Investigation finds a small camouflaged entrance in the back. THe structure is hollow and smells of Trogs. There is also an area to descend the hole next to the water fall. Although not the most comfortable area to rest, camp is made. Wood brought in the portable hole produces a fire and the group dries out and rests for a long period.

Vinny is first down the hole, exploring its depths to 90 feet down, via a knotted rope. He finds the waterfalls terminus. A rope ladder continues down a passageway, staked to the ceiling over the water cascading below. He is intrigued by something in the water, but fails to lure it out with baited fishing line and silver pieces.

Vinny finds the cave extends and continues below. It looks natural formed from rushing water. It is 10-20 feet wide with mostly smooth floors and roof. In the wider areas there are stalactites and stalagmites, and the area smells faintly of Troglodyte musk. He sketches a quick map and returns to the group.

The group rests for 8 hours. The stone points to the gnome being down in the cave. They send a bat messenger back to the gnomes telling them they have found a cave and are descending to try and find the gnome warrior, Kai.

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Abandoned Troglodyte outpost

The area has returned to the grey marsh that you encountered when you first entered this underdark area. This area though smells worse and the water turns from cold to warm and back to cold where there are potential hot springs, but nothing is more than ‘warm’

You notice the smell changes. It has been ‘cat piss’ but has begun to take on a ‘skunk cabbage’ aroma. You are at least 2 miles inside troglodyte territory.

Vinny on point has stopped and signaled to hold. He backs up to Kvothe and says something to them and they both forge ahead while signalling for you to wait.

Several minutes later they return and tell the group there is some sort of crude structure ahead. It looks like a mound of earth with a flat roof, possibly a watch tower, but no movement was noticed, it looks abandoned.
the group advances and sees what looks like a large beaver lodge. Mostly mud and plant material has been built into a long oval about 10 feet high. The top is flat but looks to have a crude berm built to your side, it looks like a crude defensive wall.

Advancing slowly you do not see any movement. Flanking the structure you see that there is a hole in the back of it. Looking like a cave entrance the hole is pitch black.

Moving to the structure you are all on the verge of sickness by the stink. There has been activity around this structure, you find broken crude wooden tools and gnawed bones

There is a crude stair to the roof and you can see a weapon rack behind the wall holding several crude spears. While you watch the entrance, Kvothe takes a look, climbing up top and reports that there is more signs of recent activity and he can make out troglodyte footprints

Eventual investigation of the ‘lair’ shows a dugout area beneath the wall with several small caves off a main area. There are two well camouflaged view slits, another weapon rack with more crude javelins, and some dirty dented metal bowls and a pitcher half full of water.

All of the area is covered in water except for several mounds which could be crude tables and several others that could be crude beds. The activity is recent but not yesterday. Most likely there has been nothing here for a week or two.

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As the Bats fly...

After some deliberation as to the fetid pit that the Froghemouth was living in should be searched none of the of the adventurers is ready to take the “plunge”

The sides of the pit are sloppy mud and all are worried that getting back out would be the difficulty and no one wants to be covered with the mud-glop for the rest of the adventure. Maybe they will stop back when they return this way on the journey back to Glimmerfell

FLIT FLIT FLIT You send a message bat back with a quick synopsis of the action.

Just inside Troglodyte territory STOP
No Troglodytes STOP
Encountered more Kuo Toa STOP
Fought ferocious frog finished that fiend. STOP
Continuing on mission END


You continue following the rhythmic pulsing of the stone to where the gnome warrior presumably is.

FLIT FLIT FLIT a messenger bat returns. It is a very large bat and carries a large note from King Greybeard

Dear Friends to the Deep Gnomes,

I could not tell you this in person because only a few in my inner court know. Most of all my daughter can not know. The gnome that you seek, my daughter’s husband, is most likely dead, and I sent him there.

We learned that something had come to the area and begun stirring up the Troglodytes. They were very numerous and active, increasing their raiding, Most disturbing is that some had grotesque mutations.

But they then stopped raiding and the Kuo Toa who we consider worse began showing up. Kai was sent in disguised magically as a Troglodyte. He was to find out what made the Troglodytes active, and then go away. He found a large Troglodyte burrow and went in to investigate.

The last messenger bat he sent back said this

Mind Flayer experimenting on Troglodytes
Creating army of enslaved

You must recover his body and relay any information you can find. If there truly is a Mind Flayer with an army of enslaved Troglodytes we need to prepare. Please try to find out how Kai died, keep this information and tell only me in person. My daughter needs to know that he died a hero.

-Greybeard

So the parameters of your mission haven’t changed…there just may be an Illithid with an army at the journey’s end.

The air has taken on a ‘cheesy smoky cat piss’ aroma which you attribute to Troglodytes marking their territory and the Elf attributes to the Dwarf

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Fought ferocious Frog,

As the Dwarf recovers some of the others look around the area. Half of the Kuo Toa are little more than ash their belongings burned away. But there are 5 others who have an assortment of mundane weapons on them. Several crude daggers of chipped stone and short spears are collected into the bag of holding.

The Froghemouth is elephant sized and must weigh several tons. Its back is similar to a leopard frog splotchy green, and its belly is brilliant yellow. It is laying on its belly, and in death it has vomited up a half eaten Kuo Toa which lies just outside its massive mouth full of grey teeth.

A massive ‘burrow’ is found, a huge Forghemouth sized pit of mud and water. Steam rises from it into the chill air. There is some sort of hot spring here and it appears the creature was living in the warm mud.

Looks like a Kuo Toa patrol happened to trod near its dwelling and you encountered them as the Froghenouth had started to eat the Kuo Toa.

You know you are in Troglodyte territory and seeing a Kuo Toa moving about in this area is of note. The gnomes had said Trog activity had lessened and Kuo Toa activity had increased

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Giant Frog Attack
Froghemouth

Raif used call lightning on the area that the second wave of Kou Toa stood up from. Another CROAK! comes from beyond the range of vision as everyone’s sight is still a bit affected from the fireball blast. Raif mimics the CROAK! as his spell behaves unuallly sending electricity coursing through several of the Kuo Toa

Vinny is still moving into a flank and sees an enormous elephant sized shadow moving toward the Kuo Toa and the group. Raif’s spell is still up, a thin rolling cloud crackling with electricity. Then everyone sees it. As Tiberious on his boar and Turok cleae into the last of the Kuo Toa a giant round mound of horror moves into view.

The creatures body is the size of an elephant, standing upright on two squat legs. Four octopus like tentacled arms wave menacingly from its body, and atop its head sits three eye stalks. Most frieghtingly though is a HUGE mouth filled with dark fangs and a tougue the size of a large python flailing wildly.

CROAK! the beast sounds again moving into Raif’s call lightning cloud and toward Turok and Tiberious. Raif replies with a CROAK! and gives it a jolt of electricity which slows it but it lashes with its tentacles at Turok and Tiberious, striking both as it also attempts to bite dwon on Tiberious who manages to use his shield to repel the attempt as the creatures cold breath stinking of rotting vegatation washes over him.

Magic Missiles and Sacred Flame come from Alynis and Helm as Turok uses the blue lightning feature of his new sword savaging the huge beast. Yet there is much life in this hulk who bashes again at Turok and Tiberious. Raif gives it another jolt from his call lighting which causes it to fall, but arcs of lighting also strike Tiberious and his boar.

The Boar de-materializes in a flash and Tiberious body rolls into a crumpled heap, smoking from the lighting. The Froghemouth is dead but so it Tiberious. Helm moves forward with spare the dying, Tiberious coughs, life returning to him, but just barely.

Raif moves over and says “The dwarf is alive? dammit, I was gonna take one of his ears as a trophy” He spins on his heal and walks away.

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Going After the Husband first

The most predominant building in the city of Glimmerfell is a squat 30×30 structures that all have the same square outer shape. Like a subdivision all made by the same builder, there are just slight outer differences, as most of the buildings look very similar.

All have external staircases that are part of the walls which head to each floor. There are few external decorations, all are grey rock.

The buildings look to have 4-5 floors each and a bustling with gnomes coming in and out.

As you move further into the city you encounter several of the same building, but it has no external staircases. larger doors and fewer floors as the larger windows indicate. One of these is the residence of the King’s Daughter Hrodel

Hrodel is off watching a play when you first inquire but eventually returns and you are granted an audience. Hrodel is typical grey gnome stocky, large nosed, and bald with a thick fuzzy beard she is a beauty in grey gnome society. Hrodel acts stereotypical snooty, as a daughter of nobility she shares this trait with many in similar situations. "It is about time, my father hired some adventurers to go after my husband. " she informs you.

She tells you the following

Her husband’s name is Kai, he is a great warrior.
He has a divination stone that is linked to one she holds. Her’s will pulse and point in the direction of his stone, she gives this to you.
He went off to investigate the Troglodyte area.

AND if that idiot has got himself killed, bring back the body.

You rest in town then head in the direction the stone guides you.

You travel through several miles of tunnel, passing a large cavern with jade mining pits and then further away another full of fungus farms. There are more fortifications and eventually you come out of the cave back into the open area you have been travelling through.

You walk another few miles through Gnome territory before you come to several rock mounds with bones sticking out of them. The air around the mounds smells awful, sour, rotten eggs, decay…troglodytes.

In the gloom of the underdark you hear a noise ahead, several shapes stand up. Vinny moves to flank to see what they are. Raif uses dancing lights to make a group of torces look like they are moving toward the shapes, the shapes move to the lights.

The party creeps ahead as the shapes move toward the lights which illuminate them, Kuo Toa! Helm uses his new 5th level fireball and 5 Kuo Toa vanish in a flaming mist.

But there are more several more are seen in the flash of the fireball. A HUGE CROAK is heard behind the Kuo Toa. They are confused and move sideways from your position, at a good pace…..Tiberious and Turok charge.

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Power Struggle
This area of the Underdark

Speaking with King Greybeard of the Gnomes, and his advisers you learn the following political factions are active in this area of the underdark.

You may research any of these races in order to combat them

Deep/Grey Gnomes/svirfneblin
Traits: Lawful Nuetral-traders and miners. Guarded, and suspicious of outsiders.
Location: Glimmerfell. North East quadrant
1,000 with a large standing army
Defend their territory fiercely.
Mine jade and other minerals for trade
Grow Mushrooms food and trade

Troglodytes
Traits: Chaotic Evil-Bipedal salamanders. Simple and warlike, with a skunk like stench
Location: North central
400
Can’t break through Gnomes to the east
Besieged by Kuo Toa to the west.
Recently not as active as they have been. Far less attacks on Gnome outposts

Kuo Toa
Traits: Chaotic Evil-Bipedal evil insane fish creatures
Location: North West
600, more? Possible Kuo Toa city(s) to the far west
Continuously fighting with Troglodytes and Drow
Recently have made more incursions into this area.
They may have overrun the Troglodytes

Drow House Brier
Traits: Chaotic Evil Dark Elves
Location far west (central)
1,000 large city to the far west
Don’t venture out or trade much

Druegar
Traits: Lawful Evil, Grey Dwarves
Location South West quadrant
800 large city to the Southwest
Don’t venture out or trade much

Drow/Druegar House Noquar
Traits: Nuetral Evil outcasts, mostly male Drow/Druegar
Location Noquar Tower central
200
Trade a lot. slaves, gems, mushrooms, weapons
Very active in many areas

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