Session 11-Dec-2016, 18-Dec-2016, 8-January-2017, 15-January-2017
Year 11601, months Lemni (7)
027 Strange Valley
Location: Gabarum, Subterranean Zarenan Keep on Mount Asiel
The Crimson Fang found themselves in a meadow filled with colorful flowers. The flowers seem to follow movement. The flowers continue into the forest, along with trees and giant sundew plants. A large creature was heard charging through the forest. As the creature neared the Crimson Fang, they could see it was a boar. Sebastian, the paladin, befriended the boar. The wizard Andor fell asleep after targeting a plant. Attempts were made to awaken him, with no success.
The village beyond the forest had been invaded by ten cyclops. The cyclops began fighting among themselves, giving the Crimson Fang the opportunity to explore. The buildings were investigated. No villagers were found. Sebastian, the paladin, found a trap door in a storage building with an underground passage below. The tunnel was followed.
The villagers were located in a room at the end of the underground passage. They have been raided by a few cyclops before, but never more. The village mage was able to revive Andor. The cyclops were led using dancing lights toward the flowers in the meadow which put them to sleep. One cyclops was brought back into the village. A pendant with a crude etching of the Lord’s Alliance symbol was around its neck and was removed. A scarification was found on its upper right chest. It was similar to a scarification seen on gnomes in the lodestone mine. Dispell magic revealed the cyclops to be a missing villager named Frank.
Within an hour of being returning to his original form, the scarification on Frank’s chest began to fade. The necklaces were removed from each cyclops, then they were revived. The necklaces were put into the bag of holding. Frank revealed he and nine other villagers were in the forest when they saw individuals traveling to the North. While following the strangers, they came upon a clearing containing a fairy ring. Inside the fairy ring were ten leather necklaces with a stone pendant. Each pendant contained a crude etching of the Lord’s Alliance symbol. The strangers continued North along a path.
Frank was able to lead the Crimson Fang to the fairy circle he visited before he was transformed. There were ten amulets within the circle. Frank and the other nine villagers wandered into the fairy circle. Each put on an amulet. Frank remembered nothing after putting on the amulet.
The villagers were asked if they would like to return to the surface, they agreed. Frank joined the other villagers. They used a tunnel which led from their village upward into the lodestone mine, then traveled to the surface.
The Crimson Fang traveled North along the path the strangers seen by the villagers had followed. They came upon a border where the sky appeared to meet the horizon. Andor disbelieved the illusion to reveal a steep mountain at least 100 feet in height. He flew upward and found the mountain had a flat summit containing a keep.
Sebastian followed the mountain around the keep and found it connected to the cavern wall. He successfully disbelieved the illusion to reveal a passage into the cavern. He followed the passage until he came to a bend, then returned to the others to tell what he had found.
Bronach, the druid, took the form of a cave spider and did some initial reconnaissance. The Seven were present, as were the five mages from Convergence who had previously escaped capture. Bronach returned to meet with the rest of the Crimson Fang.
The Riverun bullywug clan was recruited to help defeat the Seven and the remaining members of Convergence. The Chume’s, and the seven wizards of convergence were captured and questioned.