Southern Dungeons and Dragons - Rappan Athuk

How Orcus Stole Christmas

Sorry Journal for not writing as of late. As we were exploring Rappan Athuk we met an ambush by were rats, and fortunately Cerb was able to escape and flee to find help. I did find an interesting man catcher trap, that would of hurt alot. They took us to an human barbarian the size of an Ogre, and one monstrosity of one at that. He was pretty brutal looking, even though he was a human. I definitely think he ate his dragon flakes in the morning. He locked us in a chamber, and mantacled us to the wall, and dropped a dagger. They let a group of dire rats in and said, that this was their definition of mercy. I had quickly escaped out of the mantacles, and grabbed the knife. My colleagues are all unconscious and after I killed the last one, the door opened. I saw a sight for sore eyes. I saw Faulx, Jadex, Big Red, Balmothere and a few others. We were saved. We continued walking forward however, and Balmothere gave me some glasses that allows me to look at gizmos up close to help disarm the traps. Pretty nifty. We were walking around exploring the dungeon, when all of the sudden the room became dark. My light spell, wasn’t functioning. I could hear combat and explosions, and then I decided, I needed a powerful light. I decided to summon a lantern archon to light our path, and what appeared were a group of black skeletons. Me and Sandy were alone for all I can see. 6 Black skeletons separating me, cerb (kitteh) and Sand from the group. She started to breathe like a dragon, and pushed them into a line, then more lights were shining, every few seconds there would be a blink of darkness, and the lights would be back on. Was one impressive light show. Turns out I passed up a secret door along the way. I will definitely continue to be searching for secret doors as we go. I did notice one thing, that paladin chick came back. If it wasn’t for her worshipping Muir, I would definitely ask her out. I am noticing that the source of a paladin and a clerics channeling is there holy symbols. Might be good to know for future reference.

I looked at the map that I had acquired and believe we might have found an exit. We also saw a secret door leading to a star shaped room so we went there, and we encountered a swarm of undead. Not one, not 20, but over 30 of them. Kitty held the front lines, so that way we can maintain a sense of strategy. By weakening those, he could take out three so people can maneuver safely to either side. We don’t want to be overrun. The battle went well, but sadly Sandy’s body is not moving. I don’t know whether she is dead or alive, but I had no choice but to grab her body. And carry her to safety. We did find a lot of magical items though which we could hopefully sell. This has been one hell of a day thus far and one merry Christmas.

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The city of graves

Today we continued on our voyage to the dungeon known as rappan athuk, as we were walking I didn’t notice a tiger hidden nearby which assaulted me, and knocked me unconsious. After I had awoken to Big Red’s face, I decided that she is my new favorite healer. I looked around, and saw Izzy torn to bits and ribbons. I think we found all of his body parts. Sadly, Katrina despite this man killing beast laying unconsious and bound, she wanted to let the beast live. to decrease it’s life expectancy, Balmothere decided to trim it’s nails and all but one fang. The wizard, Dracovias, wanted to slay the beast nonetheless, and they argued for a few hours. I wanted to slice it’s throat, but alas. that’s the nature of the beyast. A druid showed up, and then eventually a winged person with a blinding light appeared. My poor useless beady eyes. He appeared, and told us all “don’t we have something better to be doing” as he revived the fallen tiger, and it scurried off. We ventured on wards, and as we were coming down a hill, we saw a dwarven monk being chased by a group of Kobold’s which was hilarious. WE walked around and noticed several graves of famous people, but none that worshipped Hecate. We found a nice statue, but I feel there maybe something important left behind. This area has 3 mauseleums, one of which we decided to enter. It had green stone, and appeared to not be magical. Green and Stone should never mix unless it is Jade, or something shiny like an emerald. As we tried to enter, Jadex, the druid tried to beat down the door, and created only more work for me. I decided to bring out my trusty thieves tools, and show him how it’s done. We looked in the area, and found that the coffins were not sealed, but for how long we may never know. As I was investigating the main coffin, we were attacked by skeletons, wearing armor and shield. I was worried something scarier would come out from this coffin, but fortunately nothing had. We did find something very discomforting though outside, outside it had a grave stone already made, as well as the grave. It read “Katrina”

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On the Road

Over the course of the last week, many attempts were performed to rid our party of the our various diseases. The most potent being “Pestilence.” A disease that has taken it’s toll on some members of our Party. It took us a few days as well as a significant donation on our part to the local clergy to heal us. During this time, Balmothere, got his chainshirt enchanted to a plus 1, and I myself donated 1081 gp into my raise dead just in case I suffer from an untimely death. The next few weeks we expect to be rough so we purchased a donkey, with a pack saddle, and 2 weeks worth of rations.

We are finally on the road, and nothing excited has happened. I will write down when anything does happen. Day 2, and nothing happened. Day 3, we had some visitors from some pretty pathetic thieves. one magic missle knocked one fully unconsious, will continue to work on the contract so this doesn’t happen. Day 4, boring. Day 5, we just had an encounter with the local guardsman. Evidently it is illegal to travel on this road. They call it the king’s road, although I don’t see any signs that says “No trespassing.” The paladin talked some sense into them. We are closer to rappan athuk, and closer to the treasure that I seek.

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