Chloe, Finn, Lauren and Somar
rest up after ransacking the Mite Lair,
and await more of the party from Oleg’s.
Villi and Senestra soon join the party, and are caught up on the recent adventures.
The group of adventurer’s plans to head south to return the Kobold Idol to Chief SootScale as previously agreed to. On questioning, the surviving Kobold prisoner MikMak tells us that although his people know they are desedants of dragons, they know of no dragon within the Greenbelt. He states no-one knows what TarTuks’ god is, but it isn’t a dragon.
MikMak starts to lead us back to the Lair,
which is on/near a large rocky outcropping. While approaching the lair the party finds an old sign engraved with “Oak Top Silver Mine”, which points to the Kobold Lair entrance.
Upon the outcrop is also a Kobold that has been tied spread eagle to the rocks.
He is obviously dead, and has turned a sickly yellow color.
MikMak tells us this is the curse of TarTuk, as the other kobold that died of the curse had also turned this color.
Chloe quickly looks over the body, and is sure there is no poison involved.
Finn studies the corpse with Detect magic, and finds out that the body has been affected bya spell, shamanic in origin, similar to Prestidigitation.
Lauren uses her own Prestiditation to return the kobold to his true color.
As soon as she does so, several kobold guards (that were watching us from hiding) come out to the party in rapt awe and elation, swearing to help us as we have broken the curse.
The Ivory Idol is presented to the tribe, to prove we have completed our part of the bargain.
Chief SootScale is quickly summoned, and takes the Idol, smashing it into pieces.
The tribe cheers and starts calling for TarTuk’s head. SootScale sends a party of Kobolds to grab TarTuk, but the wiley shaman avoids them and manages to escape.
We are addopted by the Kobold Tribe and made “family”, their highest honor.
SootScale agrees to take the Tribe south of the Shrike River, to hunt the remaining Mites and watch the river, while promising never to attack humans or interfere with their trading. Villi outfits the Chief with steel weapons as a gift and show of Familial Assistance, further cementing the Alliance.
After a night of celebration, the party heads back North towards Oleg’s.
On the way, we are attacked by some small evil Fey with disturbing green lines on them.
(They are later identified as Unsealie Fey)
One of them is killed, and while searching for the other, Finn discovers a tunnel entrance that leads to a small chamber, the walls of which are laced with veins of gold!
(Score 2!! Silver and Gold mines in our area!)
The remainder of the return to Oleg’s Post is uneventful,
and the party rests up while telling tales of our adventures to Oleg, Jhod, Kesten, and the others.
We are rewarded for removing both the Mites and the Kobolds from the area,
and for making part of out agreement with them that they would not attack any humans.
Jhod, the priest of Erastil,
tells us that there is an old, deserted and desecrated temple of the Elk somewehere nearby to the west, and that if we can reclaim and clense it, he will provide us with whatever spells we need for the rest of his life.
Lauren, Villi, Finn, and Senestra head west to explore the woods!
We see many tracks and find several animal traps in the woods;
Senestra says they had been planted by a master trapper.
Soon we are accosted by a pair of playful Fey, a Grig (Tig) and a Fairy Dragon (Pervalish),
but they have no trace of the malicious greenish coloration of the UnSealie,
and are soon happy to sit and talk with the party.
They tell us they know of both the Bandits to the SouthEast, and the Elk Temple
to the South. They say the Temple is guarded by a corrupted and evil Giant Bear.
We travel South, and soon find the Temple, nestled in the woods and hill with a large foul pond in front of it.
As we are preparing plans for the exploration of the area,
a huge Bear attacks from the undergrowth, charging down on us in our surprise round!
Villi braces his spear but is unable to skewer the beast, which charges directly into Finn.
Finn and the Bear strike at almost the exact same time, killing each other in a bloody brutal brief clash!
Luckily, Finn is only dieing, not Truely Dead™, and Lauren is able to save and revive him with her healing powers.(again)
party loot for the combined adventures comes to:
for each character involved in the last 2 weeks
Mal is given a Wand of Magic Missiles from TarTuk’s stash (Level 3, 25 charges)
Sumar gets magic Bracers of +1 Armor
Senestra gets a pair of Boots of Elven Kind
Lauren gets 7 crossbow quarrels +1/Flamming
we still have a masterwork Cold Iron sickle (hidden from the Good Fey, please)
a masterwork small metal shield
and 1 dose of Dust of Illusion
there is also TarTuks journal, but it is written in Undercommon