Day 336 7AM As the party encircled the great black wyrm, Nico sent his angels to harry the high priest of Asmodeus, Gabbiano Brutus. The hidden mage seemed to be silent, or missing. Ray and Damiano proceeded to tear up the dragon as Mittens laid into it with his magic – the beast overcome, fell dead into the channel.
Gabbiano Brutus was hard to hit with his protective magics, but hard pressed to cast with so many attackers upon him. He proceed to channel negative energy to all those around him – but in the end, as the party closed in, they delivered a killing blow. The battle in the great hall of Asmodeus was now over.
The chamber was over 120’ across, with a great pool in the center. A 40’ channel exited the pool and the chamber out a culvert in the distant southern wall. The southern wall split with a 20’ hall heading east and a narrower 10’ hall heading west. Temujin and Mittens went to investigate the hallway. Nico had his angels deposit the priest’s corpse in his sack, along with his dropped things. Against the eastern wall was a 30’ high tall statue of Asmodeus – like the statue of Glasya in the sub-temple, his eyes glowed red – large rubies were inset into the statue.
Temujin noted a door close on the far side of the hall – they made haste – on the other side of the door they heard a voice (that of the hidden spell caster) casting a spell: teleport! Ray joined the duo and carefully moving down the hall, searching for traps, the hall switched back before heading south and opened up into a wide tunnel. The outflow of water from the great pool in the temple of Asmodeus, likely passed through this tunnel and out into the sea as the tunnel appeared to turn west towards the ocean. The party returned back to the great pool and took the eastern tunnel. With Ray again in the lead, searching for traps, they entered a 30’ x 40’ chamber – a well appointed, private temple to Asmodeus. There was a door upon the far wall.
Ray popped the door to find private living quarters and a huge four-armed, four-legged devilish beast waiting there for him – he retreated back into the private temple as the beast clawed at him.
Nico sent the angels in, and while they took a beating there were many of them. In moments the party squeezed into the chamber. From the back of the room, Temujin hexed the great, powerful, impressive and intimidating devil…moments later, it fell to the ground, asleep. <sigh>
Captain Damiano strode forward, circling his (sleeping) foe, and delivered a powerful coup de grace upon the devil – killing it (and with it, killing the GMs dreams of savaging the party with this powerful beastie).
The party gathered the items in the chamber and pulled back to the temple of Asmodeus. They wondered where the dragon’s treasure was. Father Pyrlig and Temujin dove into the large pool and swam north. They passed a large great in the wall – it like fed to a channel that wound back to the temple of Glasya. They continued swimming north into a dark tunnel.
Pyrlig and Temujin exited the dark tunnel and swam to the surface and found themselves in the large square room where they had previously fought the charybdis, piscodaemons and sarglagons. A large grate in the floor below, slid aside and four sarglagons swam to the surface and attacked! Father Pyrlig gave the call back to the party that they were under attack – the party fleet footed it back through the halls, passed the temple of Glasya, down the large hall, finally arriving some moments later to see Father Pyrlig and Temujin getting harassed by these aquatic devils. The party closed in and killed the beasts.
Day 336 7:35AM Heading back to the great hall, they turned west. The hall was hewn from the stone, 20’ wide and high. Proceeding they could see light up ahead and smell the salt air. The tunnel ahead was bisected by a thin column and just beyond was a balcony opening up over the sea – beyond, some few hundred feet away, was the man o’ war, the Nightstalker – the command ship of Ezaliah Thrune, Admiral Druvalia Thrune’s grandfather. The portside gun ports were open, with cannons pulled into firing position – there was action upon the deck.
The party paused, scratched their collective chins, trying to gauge the readiness of the ship’s complement – and then they wondered, together, where is that dragon’s treasure? Maybe we should go look for that…
[end of session 150]