This session’s PCs:
- Diana – human fighter 3 (going on 4)
- Elfred – high elf ranger 4
- Fredo – stout halfling rogue 3 (going on 4)
- Hermione – human wizard 4
- Mistamojo – human cleric 3 (going on 4)
- Lavandes – high elf druid 4
- Oracle – human fighter 4
The heroes found themselves in a large bright circular room after Yobak activated the obelisk and magically transported everybody in the circle from the forest to Zelirith’s Tower. The lady in the tower decided that they were all intruders and took some measures.
The lights in the circular room went out temporarily making everything very dark. The floor started to tremble as loud cracking and crashing sounds echoed all around them. Luckily, Elfred was an elf and could still see in the darkness.
Two large shapes made of rock and dirt formed at opposite ends of the room from the solid stone floor. They walked across the room as if they were wading through shallow water. The group quickly realised that these were earth elementals.
The first one slammed against the wight that arrived with them through the magical transport. With one blow, the wight crumpled on the ground. They heroes cheered thinking the elementals were on their side.
Then the second earth elemental slammed Diana but she shimmered away thanks to her cloak of displacement. Then they realised that the elementals were indiscriminately attacking everyone in the room.
Everybody scrambled to heal themselves to prepare for the worse. At the same time, everybody tried to explain to the lady that they were Zelirith’s friends. The lady wasn’t convinced. She demanded proof.
They said Barn the owl was their proof. The lady asked them where she was? That’s when they realised that Barn wasn’t with them! They must’ve left her behind in the forest.
They avoided attacking the elementals while they tried to convince the lady that they were friendly. They focused on the last remaining zombie stowaway. Diana killed it when she stabbed her magic dagger down through its skull.
Knowing that Fredo needed healing, Lavandes tried to heal the halfling but found that Fredo had vanished. Of course, it was just that Fredo was so good at hiding that Lavandes didn’t realise that he was just standing right beside her. In the end, Fredo gave himself away to Lavandes when he tugged at her skirt so that he could be healed.
With Barn not with them, they were trying different ways to convince the lady to call off the elementals. Soon, they heard Barn’s hoot from outside through the windows. She must be close but not close enough. Oracle ran across the room around one earth elemental and toward the lady with the intention of threatening her or striking her down in order to stop the elementals.
Just then, Barn swooped in through one of the windows and flew toward Hermione’s forearm. When the lady saw that Barn was friendly to Hermione, she was satisfied that they were Zelirith’s friends. She clapped her hands twice. The lights came back on and the two earth elementals receded back to the ground near the walls. The stone door at one end of the room slid open.
The lady walked across to Hermione. They noticed that she was shimmering as she walked. Mistamojo suspected that the lady was an illusion of some description. She told them to follow her to Zelirith’s ready room upstairs. She seemed to glide up the stairs as her stola flowed and billowed behind her.
The ready room was also a circular room with walls lined with bookshelves filled with books. There was a table at one end with beakers, flasks and dishes bubbling away. Beside it was a large wooden chest. The lady stood beside it.
She introduced herself as Martha, the caretaker of the tower. After a brief pause, she said that she was in fact the tower. Hermione told Martha that Zelirith’s message said that she had items in the tower that could help them in their quest to defeat Kranis Volan the Lich.
Martha waved at the chest and it opened, revealing various magical items. She said that these must be what Zelirith meant and that it was all theirs.
Usually, you’d have to spend time and money to have magic items like these identified but thankfully, Martha knew exactly what they were and was able to describe each one to the heroes.
What they found were:
- Eyes of the eagle
- Cloak of elvenkind
- Wand of magic missiles
- Gauntlets of ogre power
- Bracers of archery
- Broom of flying
- Decanter of endless water
- Flame tongue longsword
- Amulet of proof against detection and location
- Goggles of night
- Ring of mind shielding
- Staff of withering
They decided to divide the items in a way that would make the team stronger going forward. They also decided to stay in the tower to recuperate and prepare for their potentially long and dangerous trek to the Hellmouth under the town of Landseal.