AKREM used the fountain portal, teleporting to the Plane of Leng; KARZOUG’s preference to go when plotting Golarion’s domination. AKREM found himself on a cliff face, a large yawning cave beckoning for exploration. Below the cliff, clouds hid an unknown drop of many hundreds of feet. From one direction came a swarm of 16 Nightgaunts, flying on dark wings. They swooped in, grabbed AKREM, and dropped him into the clouds. His body fell 200 feet, before landing on another cliff edge, where there he lay broken and bleeding, but alive.
KROM then suddenly appeared. He looked around but did not see any AKREM. He did see the Nightgaunts however and Flamestriked their flying arses. Six of the Nightgaunts died in the conflagration of holy might, and flaming death. The survivors swooped in at KROM, but his agility saved him from a flyby drop-to-death.
TALUS then arrived on the rocky outcropping. She seemed a little off from the height she realized she was at. She saw only KROM as he pierced a dark flying creature with an arrow and killing it. A Nightgaunt flew in, grabbed KROM and flung KROM off the cliff edge. TALUS took out her crossbow, took a bead on an injured one, and hit it in the face, dropping it dead.
EILILEA then appeared. She was used to the nausea that planar travel instilled, and so was quick to react to the situation at hand. She used a Fireball from her wand, immolating all but two of the Nightgaunts. BRINthen flew up and took the survivors out. The Dragon then flew down and picked up the fallen comrades below. After some healing spells, they were ready to continue forth.
TALUS scouted out the cave, passing by statues of Sphinxes, and passing through a pair of huge double doors that had been recently ripped from their hinges by draconic claws. She also noticed a pair of Ghouls running off in the darkness. TALUS was quick on her feet, caught up to one, and stabbed it in the back. The Ghoul screeched in pain. Both the Ghouls and TALUS were now in a room with many sets of doors. The Ghouls turned around and attacked the Dhampir with feeble claws that were easily avoided.
EILILEA and BRIN moved up, with the summoner still trailing behind as her Stone of Weight dragged her down. KROM moved in closer, his bow humming and a Ghoul screeching as an arrow pierced its flesh. AKREMthen charged in, his axe cleaving the soulless Ghoul dead. TALUS then pierced the second one in the head with Silverfang, dropping it and ending the fight.
TALUS then listened at the doors. She heard gnawing on the other side of one set. After unlocking the door, she opened the way to move in. Within, they stumbled upon a larger group of Ghouls. The undead looked at TALUS and shirked back in a corner, obviously fearful of the intruders. TALUS reached for Silverfang but her fingers seemed to slip on the bloody hilt.
KROM took out an Undead Bane arrow and impaled a Ghoul through its chest. EILILEA then Magic Missiled the same undead. BRIN moved in, getting closer to the action. The Ghouls then surrounded TALUS and they clawed and bit at her. She dodged most of their attacks, but three Ghouls latched onto her throat and each bit out a nice chunk of flesh. AKREMthen charged in, letting his rage guide him as he greataxed a fresh Ghoul. TALUS turned around and stabbed that same Ghoul in the chest, dropping it dead. She then turned and stabbed another one in the face, dropping a second Ghoul. The rest of the ghouls screamed out: “No more, no more, we surrender.”
Vicious and Delicious refused to listen.
KROM impaled a Ghoul with arrows, EILILEA moved up closer, and AKREM sliced a Ghoul to near death. The terrified Ghouls tried to retaliate, their claws were parried aside and the heroes simply decimated the remaining Ghouls. Looking at the bones, KROM noticed that some of the bones scattered about were fresh, while others seemed to be old.
The next room TALUS scouted out contained six sarcophagi. TALUSquickly went to one and plunged Silverfang through the wood and into the flesh below. As she withdrew her blade, she noticed no blood. She opened the lid to see what she had skewered, and found a dead man who had been dead for several days. She called in her friends and EILILEA was able to determine that the sarcophagi were magic and that they teleported bodies to feed the Ghouls.
Going through another door, and disabling a trap upon it, the heroes continued forth. The door led into a wintery wonderland with snow gently falling upon the bough of the many trees. They entered this seemingly unimaginable place. EILILEA didn’t believe what she was looking at and tried to see through what she thought was unreal; only to open her eyes to the same forest around her.
TALUS started scouting ahead. She felt the tickle upon her mind as though someone trying to enchant her mind, but her experience pushed it aside. She called her friends close to her and explained what had happened, putting everyone on guard for an unseen foe. TALUS looked through the branches and spied a very large Spider. She also noticed a sarcophagus a little ways further in the woods.
The Dhampir fired her crossbow, and watched as the bolt passed through the illusionary Spider. EILILEA identified the arachnid as a Leng Spider, which was a master of illusion. TALUS decided to move towards the sarcophagus. What she saw was the carving of the Demilich they had fought. AKREM then felt a tickle in his mind. His thoughts were turned inside out and he became insane.
TALUS tried to open the sarcophagi but it seemed that it was impregnable. AKREM hammered KROM with a massive slam due to the magic that had taken hold of his actions. BRIN smelled something funny above, so EILILEA cast Glitterdust which revealed the invisible Spider above and the webs it was clinging to. BRIN went to a tree and began climbing, but had trouble grabbing the tree trunk. KROM shot the Spider with his bow, but the arrow bounced off of its chitinous hide. The Leng Spider then moved towards TALUS, dropping down in front of her. Silverfang flashed out and made the Spider bleed, but the wound quickly healed up. It then used its web flail, but TALUS dodged it aside. The dhampir then stabbed the Spider through one of its legs, breaking it. She stabbed a second time, right into the brain, stunning the Spider.
AKREM attacked and missed BRIN. EILILEA then tried to Dispel the Confusion but the spell failed. TALUS stabbed the Spider through its brain again and again, trying to bring the arachnid down. AKREM again missed BRIN who was now using his wings to defend himself. EILILEA then fired a few Magic Missiles at the Spider. KROM hit the Spider with a cold iron arrow. The Spider then retaliated on TALUS, but the broken leg got in the way. TALUS stabbed the Leng Spider one last time, and finally the Spider fell dead. The forest around then faded away into nothingness. BRIN then grappled AKREM to the ground and KROM knocked the barbarian out.
After about a half hour of chiseling the lid on the sarcophagus, they were able to open it and took the treasure within. One of the things that most interested the heroes was a Heal scroll which EILILEA used on AKREM to heal the insanity.
The adventurers continued on, arriving at a summoning chamber. They faced off against 4 Moon Beasts, but they were able to vanquish them with ease. Within the pool of the room was a gargantuan Shoggoth; a tentacled terror that, had it been summoned, would have been the end of all humanity. As the heroes looked on, the Shoggoth’s life force began dwindling away until it was nothing but a pile of sludge. There remained only a hole in the wall, which had been obviously torn out by the Dragon.
TALUS scouted out the tunnel, before arriving outside on a cliff edge similar to where they had entered. High above, thunderclouds roiled while upon the ground, on a great mound of wealth, was a huge White Dragon. This seemed odd as the Dragon they were looking for was blue. TALUSnoticed that clutched in the Dragon’s claw was the shard they sought. The Dragon appeared to be sleeping. TALUS gave the all clear whistle.
When Suddenly: the White Dragon reared its head an blew a lightning blast from its gullet. All the heroes were electrocuted save for TALUS who jumped out of the way. CADRILKASTA then thanked the heroes for bringing her the rest of the Shattered Star.
AKREM used his Haste Boots and ran at the Dragon, hitting it hard and breaking one of its ribs. TALUS then moved in, striking a mighty sting with Silverfang but the blade bounced off of scales. BRIN then pounced and bit the Dragon with its maw. He then tail slapped the Dragon in the face. The Dragon’s brain bounced left and right in its skull, causing a concussion. EILILEA then cast Dispel Magic, which dispelled the Disguise Self on the Dragon and showing the blue scales beneath the illusion. KROM then took out his Dragon Bane arrows, but the arrow bounced off of scales. The slothful Dragon then activated its electricity aura around itself and its frightful presence that sent everyone but KROM and EILILEA running. CADRILKASTA then called forth a bolt of lightning from the sky that jolted KROM more than the breath weapon he had just taken in the chest. For its final act, CADRILKASTA cast a Prismatic Spray upon the heroes. KROM resisted the blue petrification ray. BRINtook a crackling yellow ray to the heart, stopping it. TALUS dodged a yellow ray, and a violet ray that would have sent her to another plane. AKREM then took an orange ray to the chest that melted muscle and bone.
With TALUS and KROM now running back into the Temple of Crawling Chaos, AKREM and EILILEA fled with their companions; leaving CADRILKASTA to rest up for round Two…