Quick summary of the events
- Attempted a proper funeral for Lu
- Looted the goblin camp
- Left for Neergard and met with Fingorou he guided the party to the city
- Met a group of Drow traders exiting Neergard
- Managed to bargain two days in the Glass Archives
This one time, at the goblin camp…
Bongo bongo laid dead, Borga the Witch blinded and incapacitated, a guard tower was scatter in pieces and various goblinoid corpses were spread about. The battle was won and silence came back in this Mycellium clearing. Out of nowhere, among the leftover chaos of the battlefield, a blue-collared, rough-voiced man called out to Oddone Mangione. Donovan, the Janitor of the Jester’s twisted after-life carnival, had a delivery for him from his master to congratulate him on not getting his soul raped/râpée.
It produced this sound when used to hit things.
Rushing back to his post in the netherworld, Donovan just disappeared with a resounding “pop”. This encounter left Jan Münster speechless and curious, but he knew better than asking questions. Borga the Witch was gagged and bound with masterwork shackles found in the goblin camp. Following this, the two of them took care of Lu’s funeral. A sepulture was made by stacking stones and Jan offered quick service. He realized mid-way that it was a prayer to Light, that Lu shunned and despised Elishar’s radiance, so the funeral ended with an awkward silence.
A lot of work was still awaiting the two Apostates. They collected and inventoried all the loot gained from the previous battle. Amongst many things were found a Ring of climbing, a Force Orb, a bottle of spider ichor and a Scroll of Memento. Using the Scroll of Memento on the bottle of dark liquid, Jan saw the following:
This scene was from the point of view of the bottle. Being carried through a corridor of dark masonry reflecting very little light, one could also see the “waiter” transporting the bottle: A beautiful female Drow garbed in silky, diaphanous cloth. Reaching a wide-open room, she began going down stairs leading to the chamber’s center where a Ziggurat stood. Upon it, a naked female elf was chained and it was evident that she had went through some form of torture. The Drow forced the elf to drink from the bottle, hence making the victim commune with her new owner she now belong to…
Jan then proceeded to cast Memento from one of his previous scroll on the Bronze Gladius that was offered by Old Root before the battle.
The two of them went to see Big Root’s status. He got badly mangled by the goblinoid and had now extended roots to take nutrients from his fallen foes. Jan sent some of Elishar’s light to heal his wounds. Without their translator Lu, they were not able to communicate with him. After a few vocalisations, he retracted his roots and left for the Mycelium.
Jan and Odd then headed back to the secret passage to rest a bit. During the night, Odd made his way to Lu’s tomb and entered a meditative trance. Jan later joined him to pay his respect to Lu in a more appropriate way: silence.
To get to Neergard, Odd, Jan and their prisoner Borga followed Old Root’s instructions: find the rivulet and walk upstream to the northern border of Abaddon. Then going west, the trio only had to follow the border to Neergard. It turns out it wasn’t that easy. The ground caved in and the trio fell down what seemed to be a network of tunnel. As they were trying to make their way back out, Borga managed to remove her gag and shot an acid arrow freeing her from he rope’s binding. As she ran away, a mysterious shadow instantly and cleanly decapitated her.
After a bit of reflection, Jan and Odd decided not to investigate that lair anything further and left with only Borga’s head in their possession, leaving the rest of the corpse to whatever ended the witch’s life. Continuing towards Neergard, despite paying attention to their footing, flooring gave in once more under Jan’s steps. He found himself crashing through a dinning table. Sitting at the said table, was an Elf, clearly irritated at the water damage that caused the incident.
Sensing more fear than threat from the two intruders, the Elf told them in broken Common that he would escort them out if they took their “rubbish” with them, referring to the headless Borga, now dripping on his carpet. Overly polite and a bit scared, Odd and Jan followed him out, looking around the mysterious galleries this man called home and noticed a zen rock garden. Apparent on this Elf were a faded Apostate tattoo and a rather huge sword strapped on his back, no doubt it was used on Borga. Odd, less impressed by their host, asked him his name and he introduced himself simply as Fin. He then proceeded to invite them to soup served in polished egg shells, which they gladly accepted (Especially Odd, now with a very empty, flesh, stomach). Over the lunch, Fin agreed to guide the two adventurers to Neergard, and maybe see them out of Abaddon. He asked for only payment that if we ever stumble on a vault, he would get to retrieve this one item he has been looking for.
Fingorou joined the party!
After the soup, they made their way to Neergard without any problem thanks to Fin’s guidance. On their way there, Jan asked about Fin’s banishment and he vaguely replied that Abaddon is now his home.
Before Neergard’s gate, the Apostates saw a party of tall, dark figures heading their way. They were a small Drow contingent, lead by a tough female. Fin addressed them perhaps greetings in Undercommon and the three of them moved out of the way. Four male Drow were carrying a palanquin and as they passed the Apostates, they were able to see a very attractive noble Drow inside.
Surviving this tense encounter, Fin continued walking ahead, straight through the gates. The party got their first glance of Svirfneblins, the underdark gnomes. There, a male enforcer made them wait. He clearly had very little patience for outsiders (Fin remembered having his nose broken by him once). After a few minutes, a female official showed up. A specialist of customs and diplomacy, she greeted the Apostates as surface dwellers and asked us why they came. After a more-or-less diplomatic discussion, helped by gifting the gem wreath, the official granted the Apostates two days in the Glass Library, where they hope to find how to get out of Abaddon.