Session 7 start 17/04/2010
After the party dispatch of the Katak a his cohorts they attempt to rest but before they can get to comfortable they see Childer.
Childer turns to regard you from the raised mezzanine; an opaque field of raw arcane energy surrounds the area shielding any attempts to get near him. He studies you all with a look of interest, a surprised smile crossing his features.
“Well Johan, it seems your reputation may not be all hot air and now it seems you have done me a favour.”
He raises his staff and gestures towards his fallen comrades.
“They had out lived their usefulness and now you and you’re…. companions have relieved me of the task of compensating them for their efforts. So for that you have my thanks.”
He turns at the approach of a female gnome who mumbles something to quiet to be heard from your vantage.
“Well miss Whiteheart if we must then I guess we must, begin the ritual at once I don’t want to delay this anymore then necessary.”
The Gnome disappears back out of view and Childer begins to pace back and forward across the mezzanines edge.
“Well Johan it appears I have an appointment with an alter in this wonderful steam bath of a landmasses capital. Unfortunately that means I will have to be a less then gracious host and leave you to your own devices, prey grant me forgiveness.”
He pauses for a minute and studies you all carefully.
“You all have such determined looks on your face, well full marks for commitment then I suppose. I shall leave you with something to amuse yourselves with and if you manage to survive… well, it will be too late for you to interfere with my plans anyway.”
He raises the staff for a moment and the floor around you all starts to serge with swirling force. Over the torrents of energy you can just make out Childer commenting more or less to himself as he wanders out of view.
“Quite an extraordinary place, I shall have to return and ponder it more fully when time permits…”
There is a female gnome with him. It is whiteheart. JD eats a cock (sorry someone wrote that in the notes and I write what I see). Before the party can get control of the situation Childer summons four elemental and retires to the mezzanine and forms a crystal wall between us and the alter.
We are surrounded. The battle ensues with Whitehouse and Childer in sight up the stairs but far beyond our reach. The elementals close in. What happens next is the beginning of the most amateurish attempt to dominate a battle. Johan twice attemted to summon a thunderous spell, somehow suffered terrible backlash taking him out of the fight for some time. Ilikan was unable to strike down his opponent for what seemed like ages. Eventually the elementals were bested and we moved on.
At the top of the stairs we were faced with the crystal wall protecting Childer and Whitehouse who were casting a ritual. No magic was breaking through the barrier so it was up to the Goliath to break through. Ilikan struggled to smash through the crystal with little help from Caleb. Once the hole was big enough Kamlanie and Johan throw some spells in but the magic vortex within carried the spells off their path. The portal Childer was summoning was complete and we were almost through. Johan shouted everything he could to temp Childers ego into battle just to stall him enough for us to break through. Just as he went through the portal Kamlanie reached it and called to the spirits to help him keep it open. The rest of us finally arrived and went through. Ilikan tried to charge through taking Kamlanie with him but fell face first onto the mezzanine floor. They both staggered through.
It is daylight. Not sure where we are we look around. We see two volcanoes and some settlements below. We are in open land and are faced with a temple with a large staircase leading up to the climax. Childer and Whitehouse are heading up. We make chase. Johan seizes the opportunity to close the gap by opening an arcane gate. They step through leading up the stairs but still have some ground to make up. He recalls as they ran through a teleportation circle possibly made by Childer. He must come back and study it and try to keep it open for the academy.
Whitehouse is told to stop us. She yells to Johan with an insulting remark about his studies and summons a stinking cloud. The party are leading to a bottle neck at the top of the stairs and have to kill Whitehouse to get at Childer. After fire and storm are summoned they manage to finish her off. The party are already looking worse for wear when they head further up to stop the mad wizard.
The temple has giant statues of beautiful women holding the familiar symbol of the crescent moon and we see the Atuka-pok rawn floating above Childer. He is in the throes of casting a powerful ritual. We attempt to stop him but again the magic in the room throws our spells of their trajectory. He is getting bigger and is forming the Katak crystal all over his body. Bigby’s ice hand is summoned and Johan tries to get it close but the ritual is complete. The party’s bad luck continues. We are drained of our powers and do what we can. Caleb and Ilikan are knocked down several times. Kamlanie revives them where he can. The most simple of spells from Johan, the magic missle, is all that seems to be really hitting him. In his monstrous crystal form Childer is wearing us down. Kamlanie a Mazary are really working through his defences and he is often knocked prone. With the aggressive defiance of a group not willing to quit we finally put the last strikes in and he explodes in a shower of crystal.
We get to our feet and collect as much crystal as possible. The Atuka-pok rawn tells us of a scroll we can cast. We need to get out quick as we are being set upon by countless frog demons ascending the stairs. Caleb and Ilikan start shoving pillars and rock down to take them out leaving the rest of us to summon spirit eagle steeds to get us out of here. We were tempted to teleport back to the city of gates but we want to learn of the sigil circle. The two try to keep the demons at bay but fall with the overwhelming force. Mazary blows the front ranks away with a fiery blast. The eagles arrive. Johan mounts up and revives Ilikan. We drag Caleb to safety and mount up.
We fly out of the temple but Caleb in his unconscious state falls of his mount. Ilikan miraculously catches him and focused and determined guides him down to a lower level. We have little time so he ties Caleb to the eagle with silk and we fly away. That is it we may be safe for now???