Brave New Worlds Episode 4: IN THE SHADOW OF THE ELDERMOUNT
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Our adventure begins this week with a flight of Darkmantles blinding and attacking the part while a female Ettin met them with full force. The fighting is intense, with the inevitable death of LUIGI THE RUM GREMLIN and the near fatalities of MOBO, BORS, and LAIRE SILVERTONGUE. The ettin was eventually joined by her mate, and the stakes were raised. Eventually MAYA DE LAS NIEVES fell the two-headed giants and held a funeral for her friend. ZERA, the wood-elf pirate, discovered a mysterious puzzle door, but given the group’s poor state of affairs, they opted to forgo the challenge and make their way out of the caverns and returned to the world above on the eastern bank of the RIVER OF PAIN.
After much discussion and debate, the party elected to head towards the Eldermount, which loomed on the horizon. The reason for this was finding ALISTAIR THORNROSE was a priority. While traveling there they came upon a massive fortress, with seven gates. Though the gates opened and they gained entrance, they could find no signs of inhabitants. While exploring the main entryway, they set off a trap of POISON GAS which fell LAIRE, ZERA, GNAK, MOBO, and BORS. SURI and MAYA then encountered the mysterious entity LUZ DE LAS ESTRELLAS. She let them know they were free to stay, but also warned them that her fortress of MEHRANGARH defends itself. The party escaped and recovered and made the decision to flee into the wilds, where they learned they were being watched by a MYSTERIOUS RIDER dressed in robes.
They were unable to successful engage it as it fled when approached. GNAK GRIMEHOOK followed the trail to the Eldermount and brought the party to THE WHITE GATES, a five-story high entry-way made of pearl. The trail showed that ALISTAIR THORNROSE had elected to go a different path up the mountain.
The party trekked up the perilous paths and uncovered the web-covered SHRINE OF LAMENTATIONS. Within they found the captive Knight of the Heavens, a group of Tyndulfr prisoners, and OSKAR TROLL-KING, a giant monstrosity, who wore the CROWN OF MALICE and wielded an obsidian great-club named DOOM. OSKAR had the torso and arms and face of a troll, but the thorax and legs of a spider.
The climactic battle saw the RESCUE of ALISTAIR THORNROSE, THE FREEING of the TYNDULFR, and the INEVITABLE DEATH of OSKAR TROLL-KING, LORD OF TROLLS, PRINCE OF SPIDERS.