Tales of the 13th Age: The Golden Griffons

The Crown of the Lich King part 2

Into the Hellmouth

Nameless, a Half-Elf Ranger, was the only survivor of Jaxor Fell’s expedition. For days or weeks, he cannot say, he has wandered the labyrinthine corridors of the Living Dungeon known as Hellmouth. After being alone for so long, he stumbles upon the Golden Griffons.. Cautiously he trails them down the hall he just came down only to have discovered it has changed!

The Griffons entered a chamber with a myriad of silvery mirrors hung on the walls. Shortly after they entered, the door slid shut. Hoping they knew the way out, Nameless slid under the closing door. The door also bore a mirror.

Globes of magical light appeared high above them, illuminating the chamber. As they turned to address the newcomer, their reflections stepped out of the mirrors. One of each of them, two of Tristan, and three of Nameless. The reflections, demonic creatures known as Fetches, attempted to kill their doubles and merge with them for some sinister purpose. After disarming one of his doubles ( and watching its weapon shatter like glass ) , Nameless decided to try destroying the mirror his double stepped out of. The Fetch shattered like glass. The Griffons smashed all the mirrors, but one of the Fetches managed to merge with Tristan.

The party proceeded deeper into the labyrinth. Penvice fended of the attack of yet another Ogre seeking vengeance for his falling brothers. He stunned the giant by kicking him in the vitals, and freezing it’s face off with Chaos Pulse. Moments later they found a chamber that was one giant pitfall with giant iron spikes at the bottom. Nameless lead them around the tiny ledge on the other side. They came to a caved in corridor. There was a small opening near the top. The group tried to encourage Snowflake to crawl though to see what was on the other side. After seeing all the biting and stinging insects living in the crevice, she refused.Turning back, they found that the corridors had shifted again, leading them to the labyrinth’s exit!

The group came upon the Donjon. The chamber had two large lava vents above which hung several cages. Inside the cages were several dead members of Nameless’s expedition, including Jaxor Fell! In the deeply shaded recesses they heard the rattling of hidden prisoners’ chains. Suddenly, all the bugs infesting the chamber fled past the party. Penvice cast Dancing Lights to illuminate the other side of the chamber! A cyclopean demon called a Gazer charged Nameless and pinned him against the wall. It dug it’s filth encrusted talons into Nameless’s shoulders. The Gazer then turned its accoursed gaze on the remaining party, draining a little of Penvice’s lifeforce! The prisoners began to snap their chains and were revealed to be a horde of zombies!

Nameless broke away from the beast and climbed atop one of the cages, nearly dead from the Gazer’s attack he fought several of the zombies. Penvice handled the other zombies with a combination of spells( Breath of the Green and Burning Hands) and sustains several bites from the zombies. Snowflake and the rest defeated the Gazer. Snowflake chopped of it’s head.

The group then peppered the newly arisen Jaxor Fell zombie, still trapped in his cage, with arrows until it fell. They searched the zombie and found and took a rucksack that contained a bunch of maps, 100gp in assorted coins, 2 healing potions, and a keyring full of keys ( actually the Guildmaster’s Keyring). Penvice takes his battle axe and his dagger.

They came upon a spiral staircase up and as they were climbing, Penvice burned awak a patch of slippery lichen and moss. Next they found a chamber where the other door was on the ceiling. Snowflake directed the others to form a human ladder that she then climbed, and found that when she crossed the threshold of the door, the gravity shifted. she dropped a rope for the others to climb up. Nameless then lead them sneaking through the nightmare kitchen of a grieving Ogress.

Wandering down a twisting corridor, they came to a vast magma chamber. Across it was slung a wooden suspension bridge, on the other side, a pack of gnolls gathered round shooting bones. Penvice and the paladin crept across the bridge, but a creeky board gave them away at the last minute. The group overcame them, and divied up their loot: About 35gp in various coins, several arrows, and one of the gnoll’s bows ( actually a Haughty Elven Longbow ).

Beyond the magma chamber they found a ladder that went upwards into the darkness. When the party climbed up they found themselves in a cave. Outside of the cave they discovered they were a couple hundred from the ruins. They made camp by a nearby stream to recover.

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