Vassago, Shimra, Marlin, Sardis, and Hadrith all crammed into the small chamber behind the hidden door. Taking turns at the arrow slit sized spy hole, the looked down onto an ominous scene: the elven priest of Yarmouth appeared to be conducting a ritual to open the last of Groteus’ so-called dooms day doors. This one was different than the others however. Large, stone double doors with Thessalonian Runes depicting the end days glowed in ghoulish cold blue hues.
The elf was guarded by 4 sinspawn and two glabrezou.
Shimra had been thumbing through the manuscript found back in the secret chamber of the library. The book, written in Abyssal, was a scholarly work describing magical theories for redirecting teleportation and planer transport devices. The manuscript, along with the scribbled notes in the margins, led Shimra to conclude that Ardanthus was not intent on channeling in Groteus, but somehow redirecting the portal to channel in his abyssal demonic deity – Yarmoth!
Thinking fast on his feet, Marlin stone shaped the portal to be large enough for the rest of the party to leap into the room. Landing soft on their feet thanks to a feather fall spell, the party moved to attack. Just as they did, Ardanthus placed a peculiar candle before the door which fizzled and sparkled, burning down quickly.
Hardrith was able to reach the candle, grab it, and dimension door across the large room where he crushed out the flame. Ardanthus was enraged. The ensuing battle left Hadrith very close to death as Ardanthus exacted his vengeance with a Fire Storm spell. Others were grievously wounded.
Marlin finally lept from his vantage point above the party (after suffering the effects of a cloud kill spell), and used a wish spell to restore the party’s health. Ardanthus fell to Vassago’s sword. The bloody battle continued as two more sinspawn reinforced the monsters but in the end, the room fell silent with the Consultants victorious yet again!
The party found many incredible items including 4 suits +1 chain, 2 +1 longbows, flail of warning, ring of pro +1, the Shard of Envy and …(other stuff Mike wrote down).
Leaving this chamber the party passed out through another double doomsday door and entered a burial chamber. An ancient cleric of Groteus named Kandamerous rose and spoke the party. As the party convinced Kandamerous that they had no intent of opening the Groteus Doomsday door he cast a divination to his God of doom. He said, “now is not the time for the end of this world. I will resume my guardianship of Groteus’ door but the doors leading to this chamber should be locked and the keys destroyed! You will need this to ensure that this world will not end before its time!” He handed the party a scepter marked with Groteus symbols.
The party noticed that as Kandemarous spoke they were surrounded by about 2 dozen mummies. As Kandemerous returned to his sarcophagus, they returned to theirs.
The party took a short rest. When they re-emerged in early light of dawn, they noticed a man resting against the tower making coffee by a campfire.
“Buenas dias amigos! (he spoke in Andoran) I am Jesus Estaban Juarez Villatoro, leader of Los Hombres del Toro. Perhaps you heard of me, no?”
He went on to explain that he had be asked by the lovely Mrs. Heidmarch to offer just compensation for the relic they just acquired, the Shard of Envy.
As one may imagine, his offer was not well received. Hadrith fired arrows as he and Vassago charged. Faster than Admiral Akbar can say “It’s a trap!” The other members of Los Hombres del Toro ambushed the Consultants.
Hadrith was quick with his wits – he polymorphed Jesus into a bunny. However; an assassin with deadly aim with long bow attacked from an upper story window as a huge Barbarian with a halberd met Hadrith at the corner of the building. As Hadrith retreated back in the Abby, a sorcerer cast insect plague in the room.
After a couple rounds, Hadrith lay dead (again) covered in bugs at Marlin’s feet. Marlin hauled him downstairs and healed him as the rest of the party retreated as well.
Next session starts with the consultants at bottom of stairs with Los Hombres del Toro hot on their heels. Will the consultants fight or flee?