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Defenders Summary #79: Well, We Eventually Made it There

Party Roster:

Felix, 7th level fighter, 70 hp, played by Alex
Balinor, 7th level fighter, 70 hp, played by Joel
Cassian, 7th level cleric, 45 hp, played by Katherine
Kain, 7th level cleric, 45 hp, played by Jeff
Donald, 8th level mage, 43 hp, NPC
Alduin, 8th level thief, 39 hp, played by Vic
Morgan, 7th level fighter, 38 hp, played by Alan
Quentin, 8th level druid, 37 hp, played by Jeremy
Albee, 5th level monk, 31 hp, NPC
Bogomel, 3rd level fighter, 31 hp, henchman
Nakumanu, 4th level fighter, 30 hp, henchman
Chiaro, 5th level illusionist, 9 hp, played by Aaron

The high point: Treasure division and money collection.

The low point: Too numerous to count.

Perhaps you recall the Tharizdun game prior to the big one? You may remember that the word for that game was… “frustration…”

The Defenders regrouped in Restenford after having been nearly annihilated by the Queen of Grottoes party. The prisoners were interrogated and eventually the two agents of the Queen of Grottoes were executed. The halfling fighter was impressed into the Garroten army, and the gnome was sent back to the Church of Dionysus with a full pardon and a request that they maybe keep an eye on the “doofus” and avoid this mistake in the future (indicating that he was very lucky to be alive).

Several other QoG agents were rounded up in Poseidonus, Barnacus, and a few other places. The Church has been decimated. Still, the only Church of any size is now the High Church (which is underwater).

The party settled magic item division and keep the Dagger of Acid, Longsword +2/+3 vs. giants (which has the disadvantage that gnomes and halflings are +4 against you!), the Bracers AC 4/10, the scroll of Raise Dead, the scroll of Erase (for Donald) and the Potions of Invisibility and Levitation.

We waited for Chiaro to return while checking at Barnacus for the results of our sage research on the Khargish ruins. We learned a significant amount about ghost ships, the giant skeletons, and the Khargish city history. Most important to note (besides the fact that some ghost ships are captained by liches) was the statement that there were four primary churches in the Khargish city: Kor, Thim, Xerbo, and the God of Death (Thim is the N God of the Herd, Xerbo is the CN god of sea creatures). We presently believe that the Grey Philosopher was in the Temple to Thim (who was the most important in the city).

We decided to head to the ruins, but took forever discussing preparations, and being unsure about the status of certain characters, etc. All in all, it was clear that little else would happen.

We set off and avoided the bugbears who had once nabbed Alduin and ransomed him back to the party, taking our AC 7/7 Bracers in the process. We passed Rog and went through the Argo Forest, reaching the swamp. In the swamp we had brief and slightly dangerous encounters with a gigantic lizard and killer frogs. Eventually, we reached the dry spot of high ground, where the same ravens waited for us as per last time.

Unfortunately, we could accomplish nothing more. Furthermore, I have no idea if there is any game this coming week, as it is spring break. At this point, I’ll stay the extra day just to have one! There certainly won’t be one the week after…

Clearly no one was into the game tonight. That’s ok, as everyone was obviously tired. I just hope we can play before the semester ends.



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