8/10/13 – 43rd Session – Module HM7 – The Expedition
Game Date: 7/13/900 N.Y.
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 66, hamingja: 1
Aurel (Metellus) – domur: 64, hamingja: 3
Basileus Arkonides (Chris) – domur: 64, hamingja: 0
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 64, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 68, hamingja: 1
Thrand Hallsteinsson (Josh) – domur: 64, hamingja: 3
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 60
Oxana the Lady-In-Waiting (NPC)
Dunyasha the Lady (NPC)
Solsdagur, the 13th of Solmanudhur, 900 N.Y.
Basileus Arkonides opened the door and the heroes rushed in to the top room of the Howling Tower of Ulfsey. There they found a room that was mostly bare, with intricate runes inscribed over nearly every surface of the room. In the center of the room was a short pillar-like pedestal on which sat a complicated metal mechanism like an orrery, itself engraved with runes. All the runes in the room were softly glowing green.
Also in the room was a tall man in a black robe, with dark eyes and hair, and a short black goatee. The man introduced himself to the heroes as Hyndlur, and admitted that he was the “master of the tower.” He claimed that he had been trying to help the werewolves who had been living in the tower, and likewise claimed that he was a runecaster whose only goal was to research the mysterious runes in the tower. He did his best to set the heroes at ease, and even offered to help them in their quest. He inquired pleasantly about their mission and destination, and finally told them that he had the power to grant one of them any wish they might desire.
The heroes were suspicious, however, and refused Hyndlur’s help. Athelstan, speaking calmly and rationally, made a counteroffer – that Hyndlur should come out of the tower with them and face the charges against him from the people of Ulfsey. He should face their justice first, then, when justice had been served, maybe then he could help the party. With a sneer, Hyndlur refused their offer, pointing out that they had dared to invade his home with weapons drawn, intent upon violence, while he had been civil to them. He offered them the chance to leave the Howling Tower of Ulfsey without a fight.
The response of the heroes was to make ready their weapons. As they did so, Hyndlur’s form billowed and warped, revealing a huge and hideous form that had previously been hidden by illusion. He had four arms with pincers and claws, horns, and the terrible appearance of a demon from Jotunheimur, a creature of primal darkness. So did their battle begin . . .
Hakon Finehair the Skald began a war chant to bring courage and strength of will to the heroes as they faced the demon Hyndlur. Athelstan, wielding Logsvar, and calling upon the holy powers of Baldur, found himself able to smite the beast terribly. Caelrath used a spell of haste to aid his allies. Estrid was able to summon an owlbear to try to fight the demon (though it was largely unable to penetrate the demon’s defenses). The others tried their best, but could do little to the beast. Worse, Hyndlur spoke the power word: stun to Athelstan, and it was only through his luck and Hamingja that he was able to avoid being taken out of the fight . . .
The heroes did their best to kill the demon, with Caelrath unleashing his scorching ray and Estrid her flamestrike, and Thrand Hallsteinsson granting himself cat’s grace so that his arrows might strike true. Hyndlur tried to summon help from Jotunheimur, but failed. Most of the attacks the heroes tried could not harm the beast. Hyndlur hit them with a chaos hammer burst. The fight raged on. Hyndlur managed to use his power to cause confusion on Basileus Arkonides, who (as a result) spent time babbling incoherently and striking himself rather than fighting the demon . . .
Then, things became desperate. Caelrath failed to charm the demon. None of their attacks were hitting the beast. And then Hyndlur nearly eviscerated Athelstan. He dropped lifeless to the floor. Quickly, Estrid passed some of her Hamingja to the fallen godhi, so that he would survive. Thrand Hallsteinsson used a wand of cure light wounds to heal Athelstan and pulled him out of the danger zone long enough for the cleric to heal himself.
Estrid used her wild shape ability to become a dire lion so that she could grapple and rake Hyndlur, who nearly tore Basileus Arkonides apart. Thanks to his Hamingja, Bas did not perish, and Thrand Hallsteinsson once again used his wand to keep a companion in the fight. Seeing the increasing determination of the heroes to bring him down, Hyndlur tried to flee using his ability to teleport, but was unable to concentrate because of Estrid. When it became apparent that he was about to lose, Hyndlur tried to turn each of the heroes against the others, offering them any wish they might desire if they would join him against their companions. As Athelstan strode towards him for the killing blow, he said, “I could have granted you your every wish, your every desire, priest! Why kill me? I could be your greatest friend and ally! You could have whatever you want!”
Athelstan replied, “I have all the friends I need!” So saying, he struck down Hyndlur, whose body bubbled and churned and dissolved into slime before their eyes, leaving them alone atop the Howling Tower of Ulfsey . . .
(They did get a chance to look around. Hidden in a recessed area of wall in the tower, they found a large chest filled with gold coins – about 5800 aurar. This seemed small reward for all they had sacrificed and gone through, but then again, some of them were very much in need of more gold . . .)
XP Earned: 35,202 (5867 each)
Total XP: 72,306
XP to level 9: 75,000
And Hakon Finehair the Skald made this verse:
From the heroes Hyndlur hid,
In the manner and mien of a man,
And offered all that one could ever want . . .
The darkling demon and deceiver!
The heroes hammered Hyndlur’s hame,
And Hel-wards sent his screaming soul!