5/7/16 – 85th & 86th Sessions – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 2 – The Courtyard Garden)
Game Date: 6/22/901 N.Y. – 6/24/901 N.Y.
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Marshal
Manadagur, the 22nd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.
The heroes left the First Tower and entered the Courtyard Garden, a fairyland forest of enchantment. There, they were immediately attacked by an Apocalypse Sprite Swarm. The heroes fought their way through the swarm and captured a sprite named Acorn. Estrid Freysteinn interrogated the sprite, who revealed that Kasimir von Schosse was considered royalty here as the son of the reigning monarch of this forest, Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn. Kasimir von Schosse gave Acorn a purple ribbon, inducting him into the “Royal Order of the Purple Ribbon,” and gave him a drink from the Fountain of Heroes, transforming him into a Pixie.
The party retreated to the Hall of the Fountain, where Kasimir von Schosse used tiny hut to summon shelter for the night. Acorn also joined the “Order of the Silver Ribbon.”
Tysdagur, the 23rd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.
The next morning, the heroes once again drank from the Fountain of Heroes (but it had no more effect on them other than quenching their thirst). They returned to the Courtyard Garden. They found a series of seemingly endlessly branching trails through the magical forest. Acorn offered to guide them. He told them of a secret path known only to servants of Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn, but the path followed a river and had a mighty guardian. Still, it was faster, so that was the path they chose.
The heroes made use of a feather token to summon a boat they could ride down the river to Queen Valpurga’s palace. They soon became aware of something stalking them from the trees. Suddenly, it pounced on Kasimir von Schosse – the Mythic Owlbear! They fought an epic battle until it was slain, and Estrid Freysteinn happily dumped its corpse in the river.
The feather token boat arrived gently on a grassy shore by which there stood a white marble palace – the palace of Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn!
The heroes entered the palace. The guards allowed them in, intending to allow them to wander the labyrinthine fairy corridors forever. but Estrid Freysteinn went to the guards and asked for ribbon tokens. These allowed her to see the direct path to Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn. Once in audience with the queen, it became apparent that she had no real interest save the spreading of her own power and chaos. Her alliance with the King of Storms was one of convenience.
After a lengthy debate with the queen, the heroes convinced her to break her alliance with the King of Storms and remove her court back to Alfheimur or Vanaheimur, out of Midhgardhur. She also agreed to open a path to the Central Keep, to the Tree of Woe and the Serpent that guarded it. Lastly, she agreed to let them sleep the night in her palace, first.
Odhinsdagur, the 24th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.
In the morning, the heroes got up and set out on the path to the Central Keep. They watched the white marble fairy palace disappear into mist, returning to another world, and the endless forest faded, leaving a path to the Keep. As they followed the path, it quickly led them to the Tree of Woe and its Serpent – a Mythic Black Dragon! As the battle ensued, it was found that the Tree of Woe was an evil, sentient tree (like a treant) that fought on the dragon’s side.
The dragon began by corrupting all the fluids carried by the heroes, including their water, wine, and potions. The battle was long and terrible, with enchantments flung about and terrible physical wounds inflicted on either side. At last, the Tree of Woe was defeated, leaving only the Mythic Black Dragon. Caelrath achieved a truly epic disintegrate spell that penetrated its spell resistance (Game Terms: 42d6 plus 1d4 Con damage), and soon after that the beast was slain. The weary party rested before continuing . . .
XP Earned: 714,000 (89,250 each)
Total XP: 607,498 each
XP to level 15: 635,000
Mythic Tier Achieved: 3rd (accidentally skipped 2nd!)