The Forgotten Realms

"Wen" Changeling Assassin Encounter 6
Neverwinter

We find out that Valendria is at the Dread Ring. That ring is located on top of an ancient blue dragon corpse in the Neverwinter Wood. We’re also told that Valendria has help from the Cult of the Dragon, and that they’re attacking Neverwinter for corpses to power the Dread Ring. We need to get to the ring to stop Valendria before all hell is let loose. After intense negotiation, Favria agrees to defend the city if we retrieve the red staff from Valendria for her.

We then go to Neverember to tell him of the attack and need to get to the Ring. In the meeting with Neverember, General Sabine is present. Wen suprises us by showing up, but then attempts to dupe us with an attempt to kill Neverember. Sabine jumps in the way, but Wen makes it seem like Sabine tried to kill Neverember. We sense something is not right, and Zarra challenges Wen’s intelligence and determines Wen was full of crap and is an assassin.

Encounter 6 / Defeated “Wen” changeling assassin (Ookla), second assassin (Ookla), and 4 minions (Ookla, Zarra, Sithiss, Neverember)

FIND: 3,200GP (266GP each), 2 Rubies (500GP each)

+660 each = 37,831 TOTAL XP

General Sabine is afflicted by Black Lotus Poison and needs ritual. We start the ritual, but it lasts four hours. We leave and then return to check on General Sabine. Neverember is there and agrees to get us a ship for our journey to the Dread Ring and also employs a mage to make it a swift ship. That ritual takes two hours.

Skill Challenge / While the mage is maging, we convince Neverember to call for help from Waterdeep and succeed in the task.

+800 each = 38,631 TOTAL XP

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Dread Ring Encounter 1, Two Large Spiders Encounter 2
Neverwinter

Branwen tries to explain a dream she had to the the group as we make our way to the ship to set sail. Speaks of Yaffel and how Zastam sent the Wen-like assassin to kill Neverember. On the way we purchase various goodies, potions, etc. from the market. Once on the ship, the mage begins a spell of displacement to cloak our ship for the journey… see army… run into Demos… enter Dread Ring gate… talk our way out of slaying Sarah and assist in her escape… make way through excavation of the dracolitch… find Croscus in the Dread Spire chapel… details

Encounter 1 / Successfully make way through the Dread Ring

+800 each = 39,431 TOTAL XP

Talk to Croscus in the Chapel and find out that Valendra is enslaving his cult, which he doesn’t care for. He wants us to get Valendra’s falactory and either bring it to him or destroy it — our choice. Says he will pay us 30,000GP to bring it to him. Says she is at the Well of Dragons speaking to the dracolitch Largoth via spell. Also tells of mirror portal where we will likely find Valendra’s falactory, then leads us there. Valendra’s sanctum is wretched in squalor and insect carcasses. Lots of magic coming from the mirror. Ookla jumps through first… we see a 20 foot high building with bodies hanging from the walls and large earth mounds to either side of the entrance. Very murky atmosphere, which we determine is because we’re in the Shadowfell. Calvin senses magic on the bodies and when he approaches a symbol of Tempus glows on their bodies. He prays for guidance and the symbol glows brighter. Calvin decides to cut one body down to bury, but a spider swarm erupts from the skull.

Encounter 2 / Defeated 2 large spiders (Zarra x2) and the spider swarm ran away.

+760 each = 40,191 TOTAL XP

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