Faerun(Mosstone)

Unholy Blight Sucks...

We fight a hot half-demoness and I collect gold lanterns.

After I defeated water, we continued to explore a few other rooms. I found a book that I surreptitiously slid into my haversack and chose to draw everyone’s focus to a note that was found. Addressed to Tock and Varliss, someone named Alu-alethra has been giving them orders. I would suspect that Alu-alethra may have also been the one to order the capture of Melrilial. While exploring the rooms of the well-kept catacomb (I guess it would be more like a lair than anything else) we finally found Melrilial. The elf was being held captive in a barred cell. We dispatched the guards and let him out. We identified ourselves as friends of Azkain and that seemed to resonate with him. He quickly explained that he was captured while spying on The Cult of the Dragon, an evil organization with a large enmity towards Tyr (the paladins were ready to confront the entire organization right then and there). Melrilial also told us that he was tortured by a half-demon called Alu-alethra. At least that put another piece of the puzzle in the right place. Melrilial dropped some big names, which were either important members of the Cult, or potentially names of evil dragons. Altagos, Aurxas, Buchembrallor, and Linus Saxannal. Melrilial warned of a potential attack in the near future on Mosstone and after making sure his wounds weren’t life threatening, he recovered his equipment and agreed to meet us in a ten-day at Azkain’s. He told us where to find the half-demoness and quickly left. That was a bit strange to me, seeing as how he probably would have had a better chance surviving if we would have stuck together. Everyone would assume that intelligence would tell you that, but no. That’s common sense, also known as good old wisdom. While I may not be a borderline intellectual genius (I’m pretty close), I am the wisest of the group. If they choose not to listen to me, then that their prerogative.

We followed Melrilial’s directions to the she-demon’s room. I buffed myself (and Lean Z) and we all prepared our attack plan. At first, it seemed like the she-demon wasn’t home, but Caveyon found a secret trap-door under the bed. We quickly descended and was assailed with magic missiles, darkness, and a life-quenching, soul-sucking evil blight that made it even hurt to breathe. During the battle, I wounded the demon several time and Zivon also did an excellent job chopping heartily with his large sword. I’m not sure exactly what Aramis did during the battle because he was invisible, but I’m sure he contributed in his own way. Caveyon cast spells and more often than not overcame the she-demon’s spell resistance. It was a brutal fight, of which I’m pleased to say, ended with a bone-splitting swipe of Zivon’s sword. The treasure acquired was quite impressive as the demoness had plenty of items and gold to spare. After she was dispatched and we chose to leave, I did my due diligence and collected every single one of those gold lanterns. I’m sure they’ll make a pretty penny to the right buyer…

Sadly, we eventually found the body of Aramis, who did not survive the battle. His wounds from the golem must have been more crippling than he initially let on. Zivon was crestfallen and vowed to bring him back to life because Aramis had done it for him when he was slain by a minotaur. We journeyed back to Mosstone and I did an excellent job finding the right buyers for all of the merchandise we have acquired. Everyone ended up getting a very lucrative haul, of which Caveyon received 11,800 gold pieces more in magical items. I have a long memory when it comes to making sure I get an even split of the profits from an adventure. I’m sure I’ll be able to make up the difference soon… very soon…

I’m rapidly approaching my goal. I just hope the others do not find out about my need…

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