BAND OF IRONS

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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How do you know he's the King?

As the portcullis closes behind you you can see the skyline of a squat city in a massive cave,. There is a light blue phosphorescent glow over everything, but it is still very dark, you have visibility out to about 100 feet through darkvision and the glow.

There is a massive natural cut staircase before you 30 feet wide that steps into the chamber. To your right a cut rock incline for carts to enter and exit and at its base 2 fountains shaped like mushrooms spraying water into the air.

You can see that most buildings are 30 feet high, but there are 3 natural rock towers that reach upward, most likely connecting with the ceiling with is lost above in darkness. The towers have windows cut in them lightly glowing, so you know they are hollowed out and gnomes live in them.

You can see dozens of gnomes scurrying about, wagons pulled by spiders or lizards and gnomes riding on lizards, the city is bustling with activity. All the gnomes eye you suspiciously, some stopping what they are doing to gawk at you

Off to your left is a massive tower with banners around it, it looks to be sitting on a plateau with a natural ramp rising to its human sized front entrance way and doors. Dozens of armed gnome guards dressed in chain-mail stand guard around it. It must be the palace….

The guards scrutinize your writ of passage, but you are eventually let inside. The tower is indeed hollow and you enter a oval room which looks to be most of the interior of the tower. In front of you a gnome with a long grey beard sits on a throne of polished jade. He is flanked by a couple dozen armed gnomes holding short pikes

Behind him twin staircases rise to a small balcony above the throne and then continue on to a larger balcony which rings the whole room. You can see movement up on the balcony, there are more guards up there.

Tiberious who speak the language of the deep gnomes approaches “Hail lord Greybeard” who answers “The biggest pair you’ve ever seen travelers”

Greybeard: What brings surface dwellers to my kingdom?

Tiberious answers truthfully about seeking the teleport as well as trade.

Greybeard: You are looking for the stone that controls the teleport? I do have it. It is kept secure, for that teleporter leads to a dangerous place. Why do you want it?

The party continuous truthfully then Greybeard explains that it leads to an evil place. He would not give it up but would let you use it. He woudl send a contingent of gnomes with you, they would hold the teleport spot for your return. Or meet you at predetermined time.

He explains that long ago a group of wizards created these portals to travel between the surface and the underdark, they can also move between the teleporters to get around the surface and underdark.

There were armies of evil creatures in the area that “his” teleporter leads to. The gnomes hold the stone to ensure those creatures do not get down here. But they have not used it in ages.

The party is forthcoming about their run ins with Drow Druegar and the Illithid ‘Zarlag’ and how the head of the house NOQUAR is now deceased. Greybeard has no love of the Drow and thanks you for your service, and explains the power structure in this area……

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Ahh Glimmerfell, tis' a Silly Place

The party walks for several miles inside the large cave hollowed out long ago by a river that is now just a noise of rushing water inside an aqueduct. They run into many gnomes moving this way and that and they see several smaller side passages tunneled away from the main route.

The whole of the cave has been dimly lit with phosphorescent fungi clinging to the damp cave ceiling. Everything is cast in dim blue light. Now that everyone in the party has darkvision, the combination of dim blue light and darkvision limits your vision to about 100 feet.

You are stopped several times by wandering gnome guards, who let you continue when you show them the writ of passage you hold. Now ahead of you you can see a brighter area of blue light. With a greater intensity blueish light is filling the entire tunnel.

What looked to be a solid wall of blue light is now a huge floor to ceiling portcullis, brightly glowing blue. To either side there are constructed towers built into the wall squaring off the passage so that the massive 30×30′ portcullis fills the center.

As the party nears the portcullis they see an identical setup 60 feet beyond this one and huge counter weights hanging toward the walls between the two portcullises are suspended by massive chains that run into the towers. It is clear that they can not be raised at the same time (think airlock) as you watch as travelers are let inside the middle section as one gate closes, then a minute later the other opens.

There are several gnome soldiers including 2 on lizard back who hail you ans ask to see your papers. You wait quite awhile as other gnomes gather around you and several carts as well. Eventually the guard returns your writ and the portcullis begins raising (like a garage door) and you enter the area between the two portcullises. There are several gnomes in brightly colored vests which give off a yellow glow, they hold yellow glowing rods and shout an usher your group and the other gnomes in.

You spend many minutes in the central area before the far portcullis raises. The ushering gnomes with the yellow batons are yelling and even those who don’t; speak gnome know it means “get out” There is a crowd of gnomes on the other side being held back by other usher gnomes, as your group leaves they start yelling and prodding the awaiting group inside.

You are in an IMMENSE cavern. It is all dimly lit with blue light and speckled with some brighter lights from fires and other phosphorescent glows. A huge rough cut stone staircase which looks formed from the bedrock spreads out descending before you, fanning out from 50 feet at the cave mouth to 80 feet at the base. A smooth track has been cut in it to one side for wagons.

Two large mushroom shaped fountains both looking like an erect phallus spray water at each side of the base of the stair. Many gnomes are moving this way and that and the crowd you came in with pushes past you.

There are dozens of squat buildings only seen as outlines in the dim light and several thick columns that run upward into the darkness dotted with light indicating they are hollow and occupied. This is the bustling Deep Gnome city of Glimmerfell.

The King’s name is Ardin Greybeard you have a writ of passage to see him, although no instructions as to where in the city he is located.

Actions?

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Into the Mountian

The mountainous wall that you’ve been walking toward now completely darkens all of the area in front of you. The light glow is off to your right and it provides the silhouette outline of this enormous mountain of a wall that looks to stretch for miles in either direction and straight up into the air above.

Ahead there are many more phosphorescent glows and the outlines of a structure built into the escarpment. A large hole is directly in front of you, a oblong cave 30 feet in diameter, with the structure directly next to it. Looking like a cross section of a football, or Stewie Griffin’s head, is only 30-40 feet high, yet 50-60 feet wide. The hole looks to have been cut by the river long ago with the river bed going down 15 feet from your central position while the roof is 20 feet over your head.

There is a clatter behind you and up ride 3 grey gnomes on large lizards about the size of Tiberious’ boar. The two in front are heavily armored, helmed, and armed with swords and short lances. The one behind is also armored but carries no lance and is helmet-less. The two front gnomes carry shields with a stylized mushroom on them.

The two front gnomes are as intimidating as gnomes can be and look to be competent fighters. The helmet-less one speaks in undercommon, understood by some of you and translated by Tiberious for the rest “Who are you headed to Glimmerfell? You wouldn’t be the group of hired thugs paid to harass me would you?”

Vinny steps up and begins speaking his mix of trade language to the gnome saying that he is a trader in salt and mushrooms…. As soon as mushrooms comes out of Vinny’s mouth the gnome gets agitated “WHAT? WHO DO YOU BUY FROM?!?!” he stammers and yells

It is several minutes of Vinny trying to explain that he is wanting to get into the trade business here and that he is from far away. Now a little less agitated the gnome says that he is “Funguseater” and he is owner of all the riches of the mushrooms grown here abouts. He lets Vinny know where he can be contacted, Vinny feels that Funguseater is a shrewd businessman.

The cave entrance has a small strong point built into the cave wall. There is a roar when the water from the riverbed pours into a structure and disappears into an aqueduct. Phosphorescent light is coming from within and seems to be embedded into the walls, everything is lit a pale blue. Gnome sentries acting very suspicious of the group question them as to their intentions, seeing the writ that you carry from Javi the commander of the keep reassure them and you are let on your way.

The football shaped passage is smooth and water carved. There is clearly a aqueduct to one side that funnels water down the passage. The floor has been improved and smooths so that there is at least 20 feet flat and is easily traveled. About 100 feet into the cave there is a slight blue glow from the ceiling, very dimly illuminating everything.

As the group moves down its length they encounter more carts, and grey gnomes. Everyone eyes you suspiciously…..

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Follow the river to Glimmerfell

Returning to the old riverbed, now damned off by the gnomes, the group travels along its bank, heading away from the dam. As they travel they notice that the river bed has a constant flow of water in a small channel cut in the bottom of the bed. The water is flowing very quickly and has many covers and small bridges. The water is purposely being channeled along the riverbed and the dam is controlling the flow rate. On this side of the riverbed there is a well worn path that you are on.

As they travel they run into more and more of the Deep Gnomes. Many are travelling as the group along the riverbed, some are engaged in repair and maintenance work to the water channel. As they travel they realize they are moving to ward the glow they saw earlier from the dam, like the sun had set and its last lights are silhouetting things in the underdark.

After several miles of travel there is a large area of darkness ahead, like a mountain in the dark. Tiberious speculates that it is a wall or mountain of rock. The glow which is now off to their right shows it as they draw nearer. A huge mountainous region rises into the darkness and stretches for mile in either direction.

Like a mountain on the surface, but with a very sharp face to it, like a shear cliff. It is lost in darkness of the ceiling but is so immense that it is most likely connected. The riverbed is heading directly into it. The path you are on is now a road well worn into the bedrock and having some obvious repairs in places

You are about a mile from the rock wall/mountain and the road you are on splits. There is a sign with a picture of a mushroom on it pointing to your right, off toward the glow. There is another one that says GLIMMERFELL in Gnomish with an arrow pointing straight ahead. You can see several carts moving off on the road toward the mushroom/glow. You continue

You pass more and more gnomes some on smaller carts pulled by large spiders, some on larger carts puled by lizards. All of them are wary of you, keeping an eye on you as you pass in the dim-gloom

The edge of the riverbank is now a well improved road and heading straight into the mountain.

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