6/1/13 – 39th Session – Module HM7 – The Expedition
Game Date: 6/13/900 N.Y. – 6/15/900 N.Y.
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 52, hamingja: 3
Aurel (Metellus) – domur: 50, hamingja: 3
Basileus Arkonides (Chris) – domur: 50, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 50, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 54, hamingja: 3
Thrand Hallsteinsson (Josh) – domur: 50, hamingja: 3
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 46
Oxana the Lady-In-Waiting (NPC)
Dunyasha the Lady (NPC)
Freyjudagur, the 13th of Skerpla, 900 N.Y.
The heroes slogged through the boggy swamp to the mountain where the skergipar made their lair, but as night was falling, they decided to make camp (without a fire, for fear of calling down the giant beasts on them in the night).
Sjaundidagur, the 14th of Skerpla, 900 N.Y.
Awakened at dawn by the screeching roar of a skergipur high above, the heroes pressed on up the mountainside. They came to narrow passes where the mounts would have to be left, so the left Vik (the leshy) and Bronislava to protect Dunyasha, Oxana, and the mounts. Storm clouds were gathering over the mountain, and occasional flashes of lightning streaked across the sky as they climbed.
Approaching the nest, Estrid used her eagle eye spell to discern that there was a single skergipur in the nest, guarding some gigantic eggs. The beast was huge – more than 30 feet long, with a wingspan of more than 80 feet . . . and there was no sign yet of the other one!
As the heroes prepared to attack the nest, Caelrath cast fly on Basileus Arkonides and haste on the whole party, while Estrid cast call lightning. The heroes then made their attack, entering the nest of the furious skergipur.
A terrible battle ensued, with Basileus Arkonides doing most of the front-line fighting as Caelrath and Estrid rained magical lightning and fire down upon the battle. Aurel located the corpse of Arnulfur and found the ring of feather fall as well as a cold iron longsword. The battle was full of terrible mishaps, like Thrand Hallsteinsson becoming momentarily confused and babbling in coherently, and blinding himself temporarily, or Basileus Arkonides accidentally punting his sword off a cliff (thankfully, he was still flying, and so was able to retrieve it). Just when it seemed the battle was won, the mate of the first skergipur arrived in a thunder of wings to press the attack!
At one point in the battle, there was a strange apparition high above, in the clouds – a floating castle appeared in a rainbow of colored lights as the lightning flashed and thunder roared over the battle. And then – in an instant – it was gone again. The heroes compared notes, and believe it was the legendary Fortress of the King of Storms, an artifact lost since the dawn of time that travels between worlds even as it floats in the skies above them. But in the fury of battle, there was little time for speculation . . .
Despite Basileus Arkonides being terribly wounded on multiple occasions in the battle (and healed by Athelstan ), the heroes did finally prevail, with magical lightning and fireballs winning the day. Caelrath collected feathers, blood, talons, and such for use as components. Athelstan gave Arnulfur a proper burial.
The heroes then worked out a way to transport the skergipur eggs down to their camp. They rested for the night, with Basileus Arkonides spending some time repairing his armor as best he could after it had been savagely rent by the talons and beak of the monstrous birds.
Solsdagur, the 15th of Skerpla, 900 N.Y.
The heroes decided to send envoys to meet with Hvedhra again, and return to her the ring of feather falling. In return, they received a pouch with 6 doses of dust of disappearance. They questioned Hvedhra about the fortress they had seen floating in the skies above the battle, and she mentioned that she, too, had seen this sometimes. She also believed it to be the legendary Fortress of the King of Storms, and mentioned that according to legend, its master could extend the storm clouds surrounding the fortress, perhaps even until the entire world was cast in shadow and denied the light of the sun!
After this, the heroes faced a difficult choice – should they press on towards Permia, or ought they to head back to Luleastadhir with the eggs of the skergipar and attempt to sell the eggs? Due to the impracticality of trying to transport the eggs any long distance, they decided to head back to Luleastadhir, and resume their adventures soon . . .
XP Earned: 22,404 (3734 each)
Total XP: 59,839
XP to level 9: 75,000