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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 11

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 11

Darian has a powerful ally that can magically gate himself right into the middle of our camp whenever he wants, it seems. The man, Nameed, showed up to warn us that three powerful Zhentarim assassins were tracking us. We need to finish this quest before things get further out of hand. That night, some crazy fog rolled in – 13 distinct portions of mist – and headed over our camp toward the monastery. The significance of such an event is…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 10

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 10

There was nothing left to do but go in to the crypt. Right before going in we lost Braden to a ghoul attack (down but not killed) and we gained Delenn, who had previously been too wounded to continue after the troll fight. We put some protective spells on the fighters and entered the building. Neither of the priests were able to Turn the giant skeletons, so it was a knock-out fight with flaming undead. We did pretty well attacking…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 9

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 9

Lacking the time and equipment to return Dungar to the earth, where we assumed a dwarf would want to be returned, we held a funeral pyre for our dead song mage. It was too bad we could not take better care of our hired historian. We will have to do better with the next one. That night, many of us had nightmares about a dark ritual occurring in a sarcophagus. Ryphon was on guard duty, and he saw an apparition…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 8

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 8

We made it to Waterdeep. We decided to stay in the North Ward at The Pampered Traveler. Expected travel time to Ardeep Forest is two and a half days. I told our new friends the tale of the Key of Flame. I also had to tell them why I was summoned to the Font of Knowledge in Waterdeep. They seemed more interested in that tale than the Key. I checked in to the Font early, though I wasn’t due for…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 7

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 7

After we performed some emergency healing due to the cyclops attack, two owlbears came rushing at us. Owlbears happen to be Ryfon’s natural enemy, so he attacked in earnest. Brayden had gone down and wasn’t going to be any help to us, so I cast Dispel Fatigue so he could get a spell back [1]. Shortly behind the owlbears came two cyclopes. Real cyclopes. Apparently the ones we fought earlier were miniature cyclopes. I thought they might be more rational…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 6

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 6

It was an uneventful trip from Baldur’s Gate to Candlekeep, where we took accommodations at the Inn. I dispatched a note to my contact Siliven to let him know of my arrival and impending visit in the morning. We also talked to the Inn’s bard due to our desires to hire a person such as him to help spread our chronicled exploits. The kind gentleman agreed to send some of his peers to meet us in the garden in the…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 5

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 5

Ryfon questioned the horse about what he saw the night we were in the crypt. The horse said it was attacked by big dogs with large claws. Lots of big dogs. Those we took to mean the werewolves that were known to be in the area. Though we had killed a few on our way to the crypt, it almost seems the area was swarming with them. The horse also saw something in the sky. Something big. We sent Marwin…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 4

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 4

We determined to look for the Key of Fire while we were in the crypt. We kept our marching order, with Marwin in the back. It was a slow advance, one by one, across the stone menagerie to the archway on the right. The room was a large pen of some sort. To the east wall was the skeleton of another basilisk chained to the wall. The length of the chain only allowed the creature partial, maybe half, use of…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 3

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 3

The skeletons in the hexagonal room stood unmoving. We arranged ourselves into attack formation again, just in case. While we were moving, I accidentally tripped over the tripwire (unlucky disadvantage). Three bars fell down in the hallway behind us, blocking us from retreat. The skeletons attacked. I felt a little guilty that I didn’t attack the skeletons with my big, heavy maul last time. The fighter took them out pretty easily with her large sword, and it looked like I…

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[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 2

[D&D 2e] Diadem of Destruction 2

Dead bodies lay on the ground in front of the round stone. Smoke wafted from behind. Further from the stone, the ranger found a large claw print…far too large for any of us to feel comfortable exposed. The bodies…their leather armor was shredded by similar claws. The bodies were dressed the same a the Zhentarim we encountered in Baldur’s Gate. They had been working off the same information we had. There were a few holes dug around the south portion…

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