Rhundorth – Captive Mirabar dwarf forging weapons in the cult’s foundry. Freed now.
Renwick Caradoon – Pacifist lich and original occupant of the Sacred Stone Monestary, Renwick saw Ogrémoch’s entrance into the world while practicing a divination spell, and hastened down to the Black Geode to aid the party. Having been crushed, he is now being laid to final rest with his brother at his request.
Marlos Urnrayle – High priest of the Cult of the Black Earth, Marlos was a medusa that sacrificed Windvane (the spear containing a spark of Yan-C-Bin) to bring Ogrémoch through the earth portal. Dead after being stepped on by Ogrémoch.
Ogrémoch – Prince of Evil Earth Elementals. The Mountain that Walks. Now defeated rubble.
The captured players are made to pile all of their goods on the ground. The cultists find Windvane in Indica’s bag and excitedly take it and the bag with them, leaving most other things behind.
Divested of weapons and goods, Corey, Idra, Indica, and Kronk are led off in magical shackles. They see an armored elemental and mephits, the forges with Rhundorth in a similar state, and are chained to stone columns in a waiting room under watch of guards and nothics.
The cultist with the spear runs to show Marlos what he found.
Maya wakes up in a pile of the other characters’ stuff. She almost draws the attention of the Galeb Duhr, but quietly gathers some of the other players’ goods and hides.
Fairafel uses alter self to appear like a nothic, and creeps past the Galeb Duhr and climbs down.
Maya and Fairafel manage to recognize each other before it comes to blows.
Kronk tries to break his bonds and discovers that they inflict pain on anyone who tries to break out.
Kronk succeeds in breaking the restraints on his second try, quickly finding himself in a one on five fight.
Idra fights surprisingly well while his hands are behind his back and chained to a column.
Corey can’t dispel anything to save his life.
Indica makes a couple attempts to turn into a polar bear. The second attempt has her breaking free.
Once the guards are killed, the nothics scatter looking for help. One flees to the bullete pens, one to the forges, and one to the earth portal room.
Indica pursues the one into the earth portal room and roars, letting everyone know where she is.
Maya and Fairafel, while exploring, find the forges and hear the nothic screaming for help, and rush in to assault the cultists gathered there.
Kronk frees Idra and Corey.
Renwick unexpectedly comes up behind Maya and Fairafel and urges them to hurry, clearing the way and increasing their speed.
The party stumbles into the earth portal room one at a time, to find cultists, gargoyles, and Marlos preparing to sacrifice Windvane’s power to Ogrémoch.
While the party tangles with the minions, the sacrifice is made. Lightning blasts the room and Ogrémoch steps out of the earth portal. Where he almost immediately crushes Marlos by stepping on him. (He didn’t notice the priest.) He also drains the life force out of the human cultists..
Renwick drops a bag of potions for the characters with a quick “Drink these!” then casts Time Stop, followed by three simultaneous Disintegration rays. He softens Ogrémoch up for the players and immediately draws the prince’s ire.
The party chug the potions (which give them the equivalent of a long rest plus some temporary hit points) and get to work on the gargoyles with the occasional fireball sent Ogrémoch’s way.
After tangling with Ogrémoch for a few rounds, Renwick is pummled into a shattered collection of bones and mummified flesh. (The DM breathes a sigh of relief, knowing the NPC made the fight possible for the under-leveled party without winning it for them.)
The party engages Ogrémoch directly. Kronk almost gets driven into the ground like a nail.
Fairafel Lightning Bolts, Maya Fireballs, Corey Guiding Bolts, and Kronk swings. Ogrémoch is getting chipped away bit by bit.
Idra recovers Ironfang from the crushed Marlos’ hand, and strikes Ogrémoch finding it particularly effective.
Indica uses Blight, and Ogrémoch crumbles, revealing the pulsing green crystal that is his heart.
Idra strikes the heart with Ironfang and watches both the heart and weapon crumble.
The earth begins to shake violently and the earth portal starts pulling Ogrémoch’s pieces and much of the surrounding stone in. The party jumps into the bag of holding and Idra uses the boots of speed to flee.
They grab Renwick’s remains and Rhundorth on the way out.
The caverns collapse behind Idra as he runs. When he reaches the surface even the Sacred Stone Monastery collapses.
Over the next few days the party confirms the other temple locations have similarly collapsed, likely crushing the remaining cultists and sealing the portals beneath a mountain of unyielding stone. The other two weapons, Drown and Tinderstrike, are unaccounted for. Though the danger from the Temple of Elemental Evil seems to be past, at least for the time being.
Following a note found in Renwick’s things, the party takes his body to the Knights of Samular, to be interred with his brother. He does not regenerate and goes to Tyr.
Waterdeep recognizes the party as heroes of the realm and rewards them handsomely. They retire to great fame or obscurity as they so choose.
Keltar – Black Earth cultist demanding that those comming through pay tribute to Ogremoch. Deceased.
Gorx – A Xorn eating the “tribute”. Deceased.
Vance was unable to make it. No Maya.
Maya used her prayer beads to summon an angel, which inhabited her. It granted the players resurrection (and true life) for an oath to travel to Chult and stop the lich Acererack from attaining godhood. (Once the local cult was dealt with.)
Maya collapsed unconscious from the strain of being a vessel. The party used a potion to shrink her down and stick her in a pocket. (Not how that potion normally works, but a good way to handle the missing party member.)
Healed up and ready to go, the party headed out and ran into Keltar and Gorx. Keltar demanded they pay tribute, and the party rushed him. Keltar fell quick, but Gorx used earth glide to try and ambush from below, chewing on Indica in an attempt to get to her ridiculous horde of treasure. The party killed them both.
Heading east, the party ran into a Roper. Idra used some fancy footwork and ki to reach the ceiling and shatter the Roper’s foothold. Once on the ground, the roper was still a tough fight, but the party prevailed.
The party heard a distant moaning to the north, but opted to head west towards the glowing crystals. The crystals caused a confusion effect for anyone who entered, which left Kronk standing around listlessly for a bit. They also found an earth cultist corpse, and the Speak with Dead spell informed them that he and a fellow had fallen victim to the crystals. They also found an illusion wall.
The party found a mud waterfall and avoided it, instead going northwest until they heard clacking sounds and saw things moving in the dark.
Heading back to the illusion, the party discovered an entrance to the Underdark, then they headed back towards the clacking again.
The party fought eight Hook Horrors! Then they slept in the nests made of humanoid bones and refuse.
During Idra’s watch, some troops came through investigating reports of odd noises. They found the hook horror corpses and ran off to tell someone.
After the rest, Idra scaled up to the end of the bridge, where he met a Galeb Duhr guard. A fight broke out, the party was being pulverized by animated bolders, Idra shattered the bridge, and the troops came back with a Nothic.
The troops demanded surrender, the party agreed. Fairafel grabbed Kronk’s greataxe Helga, and Dimension Doored away. (She was just out of line of sight and Kronk didn’t want Helga in the wrong hands.) She is now hiding in some kind of stables for juvenile Bulettes.
Corey, Idra, Indica, and Kronk were divested of their gear, and marched off to be presented to Marlos Urnrayle.
Is Maya still with the gear?
XP Log (14000, 2800 each)
Negotiating with an Angel (200 xp)
Getting through the confusion crystal room (1000 xp)
Wyx – Simpering Nothic flattering and entertaining Zegdar. Deceased.
Zegdar – Minotaur commander of the fire cult’s guard in the Fane of the Eye. Deceased.
Karg & Maul – Hill giants passing the time gambling while guarding the entrance to The Black Geode. Deceased.
Maya (Vance) was unable to make it due to a home improvement project.
The party descended from the Temple of the Black Earth to the Fane of the Eye.
Trying the West door, Indica got trapped in an abandoned mine with four Specters.
Idra used Shatter to blow the door open, which alerted enemies in the area.
At the end of that fight, Wyx came looking. Idra tried to grab him, but the Nothic managed to run back and warn Zegdar.
Corey stone shaped the door closed. Zegdar almost immediately started working on breaking through.
The party tried to flee south down the tracks, finding fire cult Minotaurs.
A substantial fight took place with fire breathing Minotaurs, a Nothic scraping brains for secrets, and the discovery that Imix can bless his followers with immunity to fire.
After killing Zegdar and his troups, the party quickly scouted the rooms. They found a little treasure, what they believe is the way down to the fire portal, and inky black clouds that seem to block light and sound in some of the corridors.
The party rested in the Minotaur quarters.
Following some voices, two gambling hill giants playing tick-tac-toe were located.
Fairafel slipped in and challenged the looser to a game. She won. The giant’s club informed her that winning isn’t everything.
After killing the giants, the party realized they were probably at the entrance to the earth cult’s final layer and headed down.
Finding two earth cult guards in the room below, Corey tried to read their minds for the password. That didn’t work.
Fairafel tried to charm the guards. That didn’t work.
A fight broke out. It would have been fine except for the two earth elementals that joined and started beating everyone to a pulp. Including Corey and Fairafel.
Corey and Fairafel bled out. Oh no! Guess we’ll need to find a way to raise dead?
XP Log (20000, 4000 each)
Learning the hard way to let the giant win. (250 xp)
Finding the route to the Fire Cult Portal. (2500 xp)
Dynath – Bulette rider investigating the slaughter of his fellows. Deceased.
Miraj Vizann – Earth Genasi wizard working on repairing dwarven stone golems. Only associated with the cult for the magical academic opportunities. Or so he claims.
Everyone leveled up.
After resting, the party heard a group investigating the bodies from the previous battle.
One of the cultists came to check on the Duergar quarters. Kronk turned him into a red mist, and a battle involving cultists and a couple Bulettes followed.
After the battle, the party started looting, while being stalked by the remaining Bulette that kept taking bites out of them. It was eventually slain.
Corey scouted with Arcane Eye. He found Miraj Vizann, an earth genasi wizard working on repairing dwarven stone golems.
Miraj noticed the arcane eye and came to investigate (walking through the stone walls). He used a white flag to approach in truce and tried to bribe the characters into attacking the fire cult. The players refused, saying they wanted to meet the earth cult leader. Miraj gave them directions to the stairs leading further down, and warned them to be quiet. He even gave Corey back his missing tome in exchange for leaving him alone.
The party snuck past some cultists and found the staircase, and started down towards the Fane of the Eye.
XP Log (12000, 2000 each)
Convincing Miraj to tell them how to go further down. (3000xp)
Renwick Caradoon – Lich in the monastery, the players met him while he was hunting some cultists that had decided to come back after the players had cleared it out. Had a nice chat, and set up Corey with some armor and clothes not harvested from a cultist corpse.
Temple of Black Earth
Nartham – Bulette rider and earth cult member. Charged the players, died in a hole.
Yarsha – Stone sorcerer and high ranking member of the earth cult. She died by being double fireballed and crit failing one of the saves.
Indica was unable to join due to work. She spent the session observing a secretive druidic holiday in which she had to remain in the form of a mouse for the session.
Maya returned after a long quest and met the cleric Corey on the rode. Corey had recently been robbed by some earth cultists. They headed towards Sacred Stone Monastery.
The rest of the party decided they didn’t want to walk into an alerted enemy stronghold, so they set off for Sacred Stone Monastery.
After meeting up, they snuck into the building through the kitchen entrance and bumped into Renwick. Renwick had seen a few cultists slip back in and he was trying to make sure none survived in the surface building.
Renwick helped outfit our destitute priest.
The party descended into the Temple of Black Earth and were soon ambushed on a stone bridge by three gargoyles.
Helga was lost over the edge during the fight. Afterwards, the party tried to lower Idra down the 150 feet, but one of the knots gave and he fell. Surviving, but in a great deal of pain.
After a combination of climbing and hauling, Idra was brought back up to the surface just in time to see some enemies getting into position.
A bulette charged and leaped, knocking Kronk off the bridge. (He caught the ledge.)
A fight followed involving hobgoblin archers, invisible duergar, Black Earth guards, and a crazy bulette rider.
After vanquishing the foes, the party retreated into a side room for a quick breather and chance to plan.
Jim – Aarokocra scout leader who met the players outside the temple entrance.
Bero Gladham – Recently freed cult captive. His wife Nerise was “taken below”.
Margie Maah – Sea hag guarding the Rivergaurd Keep docks. Originally appeared as a sea-green haired half-elf.
Timmy – Water elemental. Now deceased.
The party exited the Temple of Howling Hatred and immediately ran into some spear wielding Aarokocra who were guarding the freed captives. Bero identified and introduced the party but was disappointed that they had not found his wife.
The leader of the Aarokocra, Jim (that’s the name he gives to those who can’t pronounce his real name), told the party that the local Aarokocra had been hunted by the Feathergale Knights. Their scouting party was surprised and relieved to find the Spire abandoned. As a whole, their clan is grateful that the threat has been destroyed.
The party rested in Feathergale Spire while planning their next attack. It was decided to try and access the water temple through Rivergard Keep.
After a uneventful couple days travel, the party decided to approach the keep at night from the south shore.
Indica walked on the riverbed, and saw feet dangling in the water from the dock above her. She returned to the group.
Attempting to avoid detection from the owner of the feet, Idra used a grappling hook to get everyone up the wall. Indica almost fell, but thankfully she can hover.
Stealth did not go well, Kronk tripped and his weapons clattered. The figure on the dock took notice and started to head there way with a lit torch.
Hurrying to the main keep, the party tried to sneak in, but ran into Margie. She appeared to be a sea-green haired half-elf with mismatched blue and green eyes that wouldn’t quite focus.
Margie said her sister had asked her to keep watch for the marauders who killed the people in the keep. She asked if the players had seen them.
Margie made a reference to her friend Timmy who lived in the water. She convinced the party to follow her and meet Timmy. They were wary.
Margie dangled her feet and hands in the water and called for Timmy. Fairafel joined her. A river otter showed up, and while most of the party was looking at that Timmy the water elemental reached up and yanked Fairafel into the water.
Indica feared something was amiss and cast bark skin.
Fairafel tried to cut the thing holding her with a dagger, but it didn’t have much affect.
Margie shed her illusion and tried to strike at the party, but tripped and fell into the water.
Idra used his bottled breath and dove in after Fairafel. Kronk readied a crossbow bolt with a rope.
Timmy slammed Fairafel into a rock at the bottom of the river.
Idra used shatter on Timmy and Fairafel both and swam for her.
Fairafel dimension doored out, only to have Idra be captured by the Water Elemental.
The fighting continued with Indica and Kronk trying to kill Margie and Idra freeing himself and returning to the dock.
Timmy surged onto the dock, taking Idra again, and knocking him out.
Fairafel rained fire onto the water elemental.
Margie tried to swim for the underground stream, but was cut off by Indica in polar bear form. She turned and made for the river.
Indica climbed out of the water and used healing word to revive Idra.
Kronk, Fairafel, and Indica battered the water elemental to the edge of death.
Idra, almost dead, finished it off with another shatter cast inside the elemental. It blew up.
The party retired to the barracks that had previously been occupied by water cultists.
During Fairafel’s watch, she saw a dark form swimming below the surface of the water, followed by the clatter of the chain holding the gate to the underground river shut falling away.
In the morning they found the gate open. It is assumed Margie went to alert the cultists.
XP Log (4000, 1000 each)
Having pleasent conversation with Jim and Margie. (1000 xp)
Learning that the water cultists are expecting them. (750 xp)
Foes Defeated (2250 xp)
○ Sea Hag (CR 2)
○ Water Elemental (CR 5)
Lyzandra “Lyzzie” Calderos – Human female fire cult mage, overseeing the southwestern temple entrance defense. She is now dead.
After a rest, the party decided to search the ruins in the Northwest of the Temple of Howling Hatred.
Skipping past the dwarven tombs, they were ambushed by a hungry Umber Hulk. They learned really quickly that Umber Hulks should not be looked in the eye or trifled with.
Once the Umber Hulk was slain, the party took a short rest, then explored further north finding the Temple of Eternal Flame and some hobgoblins.
Idra was unsuccessful at guessing the password and the hobgoblins rushed him. They were dispatched after a brief fight.
After fleecing the hobgoblins for a surprising amount of money and trying to assemble some passable fire cultist disguises, Idra walked through the door and did a better job bluffing the cultists working on smithing weapons.
Kronk tried to follow without a disguise and got called out as a spy. A cult fanatic grabbed his hand and forced it into the hot coals to try and get Kronk to break character.
Idra tried to intervene, the cult fanatic went to go talk to Lyzandra.
Lyzandra asked what they want, they said the air cult had been wiped out. Lyzandra wanted them to show her and see if she could secure Windvane as a way to impress Vanifer. (The fire cult leader.)
Faerafel and Indica were listening at the door and retreated back before anyone came through.
Lyzandra had Idra and Kronk lead her, a cult fanatic, a hobgoblin captain, a squad of hobgoblins, and her pet magmins to the air cult.
Seeing the blood and dead hobgoblins down the hall, Lyzandra suspiciously asked what happened. Idra tried to pass it off as they found them that way. Kronk went for the direct route and punched Lyzandra in the nose then turned to run, magmin setting his close on fire on the way out.
Lyzandra tried to immolate Idra. Kronk used his tiefling ability to cast darkness, and when Indica rounded the corner she cast wall of thorns down the hall.
Wall of thorns skewered a darkness enveloped Lyzandra and two of her magmin. Magmin explode!
A fight broke out that had the surviving cult fanatic and hobgoblins falling back to the door.
After taking down the darkness and the wall of thorns, Kronk rushed through the door… into the cult fanatic’s waiting 2nd level inflict wounds which dropped him.
Indica sent two summoned dire wolves through the door to break up the ambush, then rushed through as a polar bear with Idra hot on her heals. Fairafel tossed a fireball through the door to burn the smith working cultists to death.
Kronk was saved, the enemies were killed. However not before another cult fanatic ran to alert the temple.
The party quickly stripped the rooms of valuables, ran to the air temple, and are headed to the surface to find another entrance where they can come in unannounced.
XP Log (8000, 2000 each)
Finding the Temple of Eternal Flame (1000 xp)
An interesting mix of passable and terrible bluffs. (550 xp)
Aerisi Kalinoth – The head of the cult who was in her throne room. When cornered, she ordered those loyal to her to attack and fled to a lower level.
Kaz Hanar – Second in command within the Temple of Howling hatred, he’s a bully riding on a wyvern. Now deceased.
Ahtayir – A djinni summoned to cover Aerisi’s retreat. The party destroyed the horn that bound him before he could kill them, and he thanked them and gave gifts before departing for his home plane.
Windharrow – Apparently the air cult’s minstrel. He beat a hasty escape when the fighting started.
The party decided to try and sneak in to the pyramid to find and assasinate the cult leader.
They were met by Kaz again. It devolved to fighting, which he fled from.
Continuing to sneak, they heard Kaz gathering reinforcements and ducked into the pyramid.
In the pyramid were a number of cultists who said the area was off limits to initiates. The party successfully claimed that they were sent to get reinforcements for a fight. All but one Skyweaver left.
The Skyweaver insisted they leave, which they did, but found themselves surrounded by cultists.
Kaz spotted them and a fight started!
Kaz got to fly over the waterfall like the emperor. The party found that wyverns hurt a lot. (Fairafel dropped.) Blasts of lightning were exchanged, and giant eagles were summoned to tear into the wyvern. In the end, the party stood victorious.
After a lunch break and a couple healing spells, the party headed up the stairs to the top of the pyramid.
They found Aerisi there looking bored. A fight broke out. Fairafel tried to lightning bolt Aerisi (not terribly effective), Kronk traded blows with an invisible stalker, the Djinni Ahtayir was summoned to cover Aerisi’s flight, the minstrel Windharrow fled, and general chaos ensued.
Idra got the horn that bound Ahtayir and Kronk managed to destroy it. After that Ahtayir helped the party cut down the cultists.
The party asked Ahtayir about the cults. Ahtayir answered as best he could and gifted them with flasks of bottled breath and a rejuvenation of health and magic. Then he departed for his home plane.