Ptolus 4E

Current Status

AG 18 is both rich and somewhat famous from their adventurers in the Banewarrens. Among the adventurers of Ptolus the group is well known. At the Ghostly Minstrel, AG18 has joined the ranks of the “famous adventures” and rarely have to buy their own drinks.

In the city at large, “the heroes who sealed the Banewarrens” are known but not usually by name.

The Delvers guild has now raised the status of all members of AG18 from “Guildsman” to “Master Delver” This includes Aurora. The fact that she wasn’t previously a member of the Delvers guild seems not to bother them in the least.

When the assembled Staff of Shards was used to to destroy the Sealing Rod and Banewarrens key it was not completely destroyed. The remaining piece of the Staff of Shards functions as a Rod of Wonder. (It’s just too cool to let go.)

AG18 has agreed the help Cheava in his endeavor to take over the organized crime elements in the city. Yarkblar also expressed a desire to bring about the downfall of House Vladaam, since the two goals are likely to intersect.

Ellanna, Apostle, and Jevicca Nor have performed the ritual to remove the curse from the Sword of Lies. Again making it into the Sword of Truth. Stats on the sword of Truth are forthcoming.

Jevicca would rather that AG18 left the sword in the Banewarrens but accepts this as a reasonable alternative.

Additionally, Jevicca has extended an invitation to Ellanna to apply for membership in the inverted pyramid.

The Church of Lothian is now ambivalent to AG18. The high temple is not happy that their Avenger is dead and that they do not have the Sword of Truth. The clerics in the other temples have mixed feelings. Brother Fabitor, the priest of the Midtown church (and a former adventurer), supports you completely, saying you “Stuck it to the old codgers in the high temple.” Other priests have less positive views.

Ag 18 has a large number of evil magic items pulled from the Banewarrens that need to be disposed of in some way.

Power, Insight, and Deceit are artifacts. Artifacts only remain with a wielder until they feel they have fulfilled their goals. With the sealing of the Banewarrens Power and Insight feel they have helped Symba and Apostle as much as they can.

Power was very pleased with Symba. When the sword moves on it permanently raises Symba’s STR by one point and permanently adds 1 to his Fortitude defense.

Insight was also very pleased raises Apostle’s WIS by 1 and permanently adds one to her Will Defense.

Deceit does not move on it seems happy where it is.

The date is now the third of Rain as AG18 prepares to reenter the Dark Reliquary and rescue Callista, Cheava’s Sister.

You can purchase any magic item of Level 12 or lower that you can afford. Jevicca will have the Dreaming Apothecary create one level 13 magic item for each member.

Magic Items in session 33 and 34

Magic Items gained:

Deep Pocket Cloak – Yarkblar

Handy Haversack – Cheava

Armor of Sudden Recovery +3 – Yarkblar

+3 Flaming/Icy Greatsword – Cheava

Battle Standard of Tactics – ?

Imposters Armor +4 – Apostle ( I think? )

Ring of Shadow Travel – Cheava

Rod of Ruin – Ellanna

Ruby Lenses – ??

Rod of Wonder – Cheava

Session 34

Everyone but Symba played in this session.

Symba gets 1340 xp for his part in completing the Banewarrens and Sword of Truth Quests.

Everyone else gets 3100 xp, which includes the XP for the two quests.

AG 18 started by finally facing the Church of Lothian team that had been sent in to retrieve the Sword of Truth. Not giving the Lothian team any quarter, AG 18 attacked and dispatched the Avenger, Priest, and 2 of the Paladins in the team. The remaining Paladin and their old friend Kalrecent surrendered rather than fight AG 18 any longer. The adventurers allowed the Lothian team to retrieve the bodies of the Priest and the Paladins for resurrection but not the Avenger. Symba and Gary the construct escorted the two surviving Paladins to the surface with the bodies.

AG18 then climbed into the very top of the Baneheart and discovered a huge vault. The group used the Banewarrens key and a giant damaged construct to open the vault. Once the vault was open, the fallen angel, Malificent, shouted in triumph. The angel had been trapped in the vault by contingency spells that were triggered upon the Dread Lords death. Not only was he trapped in the vault but he was also imprisoned in within a magical black egg within the vault. He had been able to escape the egg in the intervening years but not the vault. The Angel used his influence over the creatures of the Banewarrens to damage the warding generator. This allowed the Pactlords to find a way in.

AG18 entered the vault and faced the Fallen Angel, a Draconian, and a group of Wyverns. The arduous fight led to the near death of Yarkblar and Apostle but the Angel was defeated. Among other treasure, AG18 recovered the sealing rod and the last piece of the staff of shards. The group returned to Ptolus and used the sealing rod to seal the Banewarrens. AG18 the used the power of the staff of shards to destroy the sealing rod, the banewarrens key, and the staff itself, ensuring that the Banewarrens remain forever sealed.

As a result of their adventurers, AG18 is now both rich and for better or worse, famous.

Session 33

Everyone played but Symba and Aurora.

Aurora was proxied so she gets half xp.

Aurora gets 1050 xp.

Everyone else gets 2463 xp each.

AG 18 was contacted by Sharah Nestor, a Holy Avenger of Lothian. She used a sending to inform the group that she wants the Sword of Truth. She stated she would not ambush them and offered to meet them outside the room where the sword was found. Before she could finish the sending was cut off with Sharah exclaiming “Oh No! They wouldn’t dare!” All of the doors in the Baneheart (and presumably the rest of the banewarrens) slammed shut and were unable to be opened. The warding generator also began to hum loudly. This continued for a few minutes and then everything went back to normal. As near as the group could tell, someone had just tried to seal the Banewarrens without the use of the sealing rod, and it failed.

Sharah contacted he group again saying the Inverted Pyramid had just tried to seal the Banewarrens, and to bring the sword to her immediately or she would hunt the group down.

Ag18 ignored this sillyness and continued to explore the Baneheart, in search of the Sealing Rod and the two remaining pieces of the staff of Shards.

Coming to what appeared to be the top of the Baneheart, AG 18 discovered the site of the Final Battle between the Dread Lord and the ancient heroes who battled him thousands of years ago. At the battle site, AG 18 was set upon by a horde of specters, remnants of the Dread Ones dark soul. Defeating the undead, the group discovered a piece of the sealing rod.

Exploring further AG 18 was attacked by a Red Dragon! One of the leaders of the Pactlords of Quan, who have come to the Banewarrens to claim the evil magic items within. After a furious battle with the Dragon and his Bugbear Assassin companion AG 18 rested for the night, making preparations to misdirect the Lothian Avenger still on their trail.

Session 32

Everyone played including our newest character Aurora.

1800 xp Each

Cloak of Survival – Aurora

3 Vials of Alchemists Fire

Unfettered Thieves Tools – Cheva

Ring of Freedom of Movement – Yarkblar

At the start of the session, the group was contacted by Jevicca Nor of the inverted pyramid. She warned AG 18 that a large group of pactlords had entered the Banewarrens and were seeking them. She asked if she could teleport in an ally to aid the group. Aurora the druid joined the group, having been wounded in the Godsday battle on Clasthamus Isle. Aurora had been healed by the inverted pyramid and was repaying them by helping AG 18. Jevicca also warned the group that a second group of delvers from the Church of Lothian had entered the Banewarrens and was seeking the sword of truth. This group is led by a zealous avenger named Sharah Nestor. Sharah is well known in the church of Lothian for not letting anything stand in the way of her service to the church.

AG 18 survived an ambush by a group of pactlords, defeated an Ogre tribe, and put to rest a fearsome Kyton chain devil.

Session 31

Everyone but Yarkblar played in this session, Yarkblar gets half xp.

1000 xp for Yarkblar and 2250 xp for everyone else.

Champions Hauberk +3 went to Apostle

Flame Bracers went to Symba.

Continuing their careful exploration of the Baneheart, AG 18 was able to locate the Sword of Lies, which both the Church of Lothian and the Inverted Pyramid want and are willing to pay you for. There was some disagreement among AG 18 as to what to do with the sword. The discussion was put off till the group emerges from the Banewarrens.

After recovering the sword, AG 18 encountered a huge Golem made of gems. The monster was dispatched and a not inconsiderable amount of gems recovered.

Moving up to the next landing, only one vault was open. This vault contained a floating blue gem. The gem immediately sucked up Cheava, Apostle and Symba were able to resist, but Ellanna and Yarkblar were also absorbed by the gem. Inside the gem appeared to be some kind of extra-dimensional space. An image of a blue eyed Eladrin told the ones inside them gem that they were now it’s slaves. Cheva began to deface the Gem anyway, which caused everyone to be ejected from the Gem and a Blue Dragon to appear in the room. AG 18 was able to defeat the dragon with some considerable effort and more than a few lightning burns.

And the end of this session it is the 21st of Wind.

The group is now carrying around quite a few evil magic items.

The Wraith Box

The Sapphire darkstar (the one the sucks people inside.)

The Dark Skull

You’ve also still got the disintegrating disk, a jug that no one has dared to open, Gem that causes Nightmares,and the Dagger of Varghul Curse. I think the plan was to turn those in to the Malkuth but I don’t think you have done that yet.

Xp Thru Session 30

Okay here is what I have for XP totals for everyone. This does not include any bonus xp you may have gotten individually but does include session 30.

Ellanna – 26,848

Symba – 23,302

Yarkblar – 28583

Apostle – 27510

Cheava – 26644

Ptolus Session 30

Everyone played in this session. You got 1300 xp each.

AG was awakened at thier camp in the lower reaches of the Banewarrens by “Gary”, the mechanical man, who had been acting as a kind of “caretaker” for the first level of the Banewarrens vaults. Gary informed you that “Sagyryntis”, the silver dragon had come and found him. The dragon said there was no reason for him to keep resetting the traps and cleaning up the bodies and that Gary should help AG 18 seal the Banewarrens. The dragon also released Gary from his need to “fix” the Banewarrens.

Up entering the Baneheart, AG 18 discovered they were actually inside the spire that towers over Ptolus. The entire interior of the spire was lined with hundreds if not thousands of vault doors. These vaults were different than the ones in the outer vaults, the banewarrens key would not open them. Each door appears to require a specific key. Gary informed you that the keys were intially stored in the inner vaults but that at some point Malkith had taken them into Jabel Shammar at the top of the spire.

A long winding spiral staircase climbed the interior of the spire with landings interspersed along the way.

AG 18 was set upon by a group of vrock while exploring the base of the spire. After he creatures were dispatched, they discovered the vrock’s lair, and some vaults that had already been opened, one of which had a secret passage leading to an unopened vault.

You gained the following items.

An ebony skull that seems to need some kind of ritual to activate.

A box, when opened, summons a specter.

Gloves of the Battlemaster +3 (Went to Yarkblar)

Ptolus Session 29

Everyone but Jadera played in this session.

Jadera Gets 750 xp.

Everyone else gets 1688 xp.

At the beginning of the session, you spent 2 days in town. It is now the 19th of Wind.

You spoke with Jevicca Nor, who again warned you that the Church of Lothian had sent a group of adventurers into the Banewarrens to seek the Sword of Lies. Jevicca said that the Sword of lies was a powerful artifact that was used to slay mages. Of course, unbeknown to Jevicca, AG 18 is the group of adventurers who are seeking the sword. Jevicca has also offered a reward for retrieving the sword for the Inverted Pyramid. She left the amount somewhat vague, simply saying that they would create a magic item for you.

The group completed the exploration of the inner vaults of the banewarrens. AG 18 freed an angel who had been trapped by Malkith many thousands of years ago. (Seems like freeing angels is becoming a habit.) The angel warned the group that the Baneheart contained a malignant magical force that would tempt spellcasters into using it. The Baneheart is also inhabited by the Malificite, a fallen angel who was Malkith’s most powerful servant. The angel also said that the sealing rod and the staff of shards were almost certainly located in the Baneheart.

The group encountered and dispatched a group of skeletons and opened the last few vaults of the in the inner vaults.

Having cleared out the dangerous monsters and retrieving the evil magic items from the inner vaults, the group set off through the secret door leading into the Baneheart. The legends state that the concentrated evil in the Baneheart was so great that the earth itself rebelled and pushed the Baneheart away, creating the spire that looms over Ptolus. Entering the next area, its hard not to believe this legend. The area is full of large deep caverns, treacherous ledges, and long climbing staircase. AG 18 was set upon by a group of monstrous humanoids who inhabited this part of the Banewarrens. After this tough fight, the group decided to rest before continuing. The entrance to the Baneheart itself looming before them.

You gained two magic items:

Periapt of cascading health +3

Shielding Girdle

Both of which went to Symba

Ptolus Session 28

Everyone played in this session, you got 1980 xp each.

As they were resting in an out of the way room in the banewarrens, AG 18 was contacted by Jevica Nor of the inverted pyramid. She had not heard from the group a a while and wanted to check their progress through the banewarrens. The group informed her that they now knew how to seal the banewarrens, (using sealing rod and staff of shards) and they were currently searching for them deeper in the banewarrens. (The quest for Jevicca has now been completed. The XP is figured in above. She owes you 5000 gp each)

Ag 18 freed the silver dragon, Sagirantus from his prison. He has been trapped there by Malkuth many years ago. After some initial confusion and some overzealous use of his breath weapon, he realized time had passed. He asked the group many question but ultimately decided to meditate near one of the warding generators, which he had helped to build some many years ago.

Exploring further, AG 18 dispatched Slaad, a Xorn, and a pack of Kruthik and removed the contents of some of the banewarrens vaults.

The group also gained access to the heart of the banewarrens by figuring out the correct phrase to open the door, well after a few tries anyway.

The way into Tremoc Korin,the Baneheart, now lays open before you.

It is now the 16th of wind. According to your notes on the pad o’ initiative, your were to report back to Jevicca on the 16th of wind. She did contact you already, but she owes you 5000 gp each (which can be used to purchase a magic item from the dreaming apothecary.) Between this session and the next let’s say you went back into town so you can collect your money. At the very least someone needs to go back to town, you are running out of food and water. (Xorn burger anyone?)

We can run the in-town interaction over email before the next session. If there is anyone you wish to speak with during this time, or anything you want to do, let me know. You can spend any money you have to purchase any magic item level 10 or below. Elanna and Apostle also have access to some fairly useful ritual magic now so you might purchase some of those as well.

In addition to whatever money you have on your sheet you have the 5000 xp from Jevicca. You also gained 744 gp each in this session from the loot in the Slaad cave.

You also have the following magic Items that need to be dealt with:

Gem that causes Nightmares

Dagger of Varghul Curse

Disintegrating Disc

Jug of Posion (not identified)

You can sell these items if you find the right buyer. The inverted pyramid might be interested in the evil items for study, you could also give them to the Malkuth for destruction, which would earn extra xp.

You still have an outstanding quest from the church of Lothain to find the Sword of Lies, they have offered 20k gold for this. (Total not each.)