Planning where to fight – they were unsure whether to attack her in her Throne Room (later learning why that would have been a terrible idea! Or to let her come to them in the Blood Chamber (also a bad idea as she would have been able to collect her army of 666 ghouls on the way!. Finally they decided on the massive chamber containing the corpse of the Starwhal. Theyremembered to remove all the other corpses from this room – so Vlaakith wouldn’t be able to animate them.
Sacrifice of Deckard (nat 20 on Will Save to avoid being possessed by the Book – rolled in the open!) The first HERO to die this night.
Clayton promised to scatter his ashes on Mt Arkin. Diabalo disintegrated his body into fine dust and Clayton scooped it (LOOSE!) into his bag of holding.
The destruction of the book stripped away half of Vlaakith’s hit points and removed all her 9th, 8th and 7th level spell slots, and reduced her spell save to only 17 (instead of 21). It also woke her up from her slumber in one of the Palace’s dream pods. Furious, she and her servants raced from the throne room.
The Red Dragon – wingless and unintelligent, but adult and nasty
Gaston – ditto
The Lich Queen – unknown to our heroes went invisible and then TK flew into the room a couple of rounds into the combat.
Clayton, Mulan and Abraham hit the dragon with arrows and spells from the Staff of Power while Rurick kept it bottled-up in the doorway. The creature’s toughness protected it from most of the beholder’s attacks.
Gaston charged in and engaged Rurick too.
They managed to do massive damage to. the dragon and in desperation it breathed fire, catching most of them (and accidentally hitting Gaston – well I say accidentally, it did know him, so who can really tell!). The breath weapon destroyed all three of Abe’s skeletal warriors.
Rurick used everything he had (all his superiority dice and his action surge) and just managed to finish the dragon and then he and Clayton almost finished Gaston.
Mulan managed to Phantasmal Force Gaston (with a handful of hit points left) and did 1d6 psychic damage with a hallucination of herself offering him a passionate embrace and then being horrifically killed just before they could kiss. The HERO of his own story, died screaming.
The Lich Queen, finally working out where Mulan was hiding – inside the mouth of the starwhal corpse. Managed to cast a Cloudkill so it caught her and Abraham, the damage almost killed them both, but Abe managed to Heal himself and Mulan skulked back into the Narwhal’s mouth.
The beholder blasted Vlaakith with three beams, forcing her to use all three of her legendary saves in a single round. In desperation, she tried to disintegrate the beholder, but Diabalo fluked his saving throw and managed to glare at her with his Anti-Magic eye beam. Unable to cast more spells or benefit from her magical protections, she was hit by all of them and finished off by Mulan diving past her and firing both her flintlock pistols. The first one took her down, but she was death-warded and only the fact that Mulan hit her again with the second shot, tuly finished her off. It would have been her turn next and she was going to offer Diabalo a pact if he turned on the others.
In the immediate aftermath, it seemed Vlaakith had been too furious and too confident (probably because of Gaston telling her how feeble his old companions/“servants” were without him!) so she had not raised a general alarm and other troops had not been called-in.
They had time to search other chambers and rescued Magnus Hammerhand and three more of their original red orc crew. Vlaakith had kept them alive (although exhausted) to become enthralled crew for her when she captured the “Hammer of Torkas”. It appears Gaston had thrown in with her immediately to avoid torture in the Willgrinder. He had become her plaything and hated his former companions for failing to come rescue him. He told Vlaakith everything about the Ship.
They moved the weary captives into the Entry Chamber while Diabalo blasted the Wilgrinder over and over with his disintegrate ray, until it was destroyed.
They broke into the side chamber they had seen earlier and killed the baby red dragon in there and stole its treasure – mostly just gold and jewellery worth 20K. There was also a puzzle box with a carved feather on each side – but they didn’t have time to examine it.
Then they broke into the Throne Room – apparently safe. It was a huge chamber, with three massive pillars of glistening black. Behind the ornate throne were 8 massive chests.
Mulan did some magic detecting and found 4 glyphs on the throne room armrests, the pillars were magical and each chest was magical. The glyphs had to be touched to trigger them so Clayton sat in the throne while Abe drew a sketch of him as a souvenir.
Then Mulan got the beholder to Anti-magic the first chest and tried to unlock it. The moment she touched it, the three black pillars collapsed into massive Elder Vile Black Puddings (their damage would be permanent unless healed in a Hallowed area).
Seeing how dangerous the three monsters were – 360hp each – and how much permanent damage they could do, our heroes fled out of the room. Due to unlucky positioning, Diablo was the nearest target and got mobbed by the monsters and grappled. To add to the beholder’s misery, Abraham used the Staff of Power to seal him in the room with a wall of force and then made obscene gestures at their trapped former ally.
For a moment it looked like a bad idea, as the anti-magic eye swept over the wall, blinking it out and three deadly eyebeams lashed out at him…
But the insane beholder, true to form, wasted his last actions as the magical eyebeams failed to work in his anti-magic cone and the three black puddings engulfed him and dissolved him.
Then they fled through the halls, pursued by the slow-moving monsters, gradually killing them with ranged attacks. This took so long (and they no longer had anti-magic) that they agreed mot to try stealing from the Queen’s chests (good decision as many were trapped with Symbols of Pain and Death and others had Cerebral Mould Spoors – but the actual treasures in there would have been phenomenal)
Their final act was for Abraham to mentally contact the Starwhal and convince it that it was truly dead and to stop “flying through space”. When the creature stopped flying, the entire palace began to fall the mile and ahalf down to the githyanki city ot Tunarrath, far below. They just managed to make it back through the tumbling palace to the Entry Chamber (only place you could teleport from) and activated the Torc of Teleportation, returning them all to the deck of their ship.
General Zetchr’r was there to greet them – they had only been away a few hours (time ran faster in Tunnarath so it had seemed like many months for gaston and the other captives).
Zetchr’r thanked them for toppling the Queen and promised them that the new rulers of Tunnarath would not pursue the Ship. He didn’t even seem to mind when Mulan told him they had crashed the palace into the centre of the city – apparently, the ring below the palace was occupied by the Queen’s most loyal supporters (including most of the hated half-draconic githyanki hybrids – the Dukka-gith).
Abraham can Hallow a section of the Ship and use it to heal the Vile damage done to Mulan and Rurick and they decided to continue their quest to find the god of storms, Torkas.
Everyone goes up a level and everyone gets Inspiration.
Coughing and wriggling from the bag of holding, caught Clayton’s attention and he cautiously opened it. The Voranndan dwarf, Deckard, back from the dead, clambered out. His eyes now glitter with silver flecks and he spoke with the Dead God who had been impressed with his self sacrifice and grateful that they had destroyed the corrupted heart (the Palace itself was the Dead God’s Heart – corrupted by the presence of Vlaakith’s Vile Book).
No game this Wednesday due to Holidays.