Category Archives: Heroes of Neverwinter

Session 20 – Final Rest

We see some elderly people and others, probably the orphans, in the tall grass. It seems like they have gotten out of the city and are leaving.

We are bringing the necromancer’s body into the down to take it to its final resting place, near the moat. We hear the cries of a young girl. The houses crumble to dust and there are now no building features here. The curse has been broken.

Session 19 – Skeleton Dojo

We climb down the wall into the graveyard and see that the skull woman is meditating, probably working on a spell as she is lying on the corpse of a dragon. There is a small cauldron in front of her that contains a brain. She seems to be pulling it apart with her magic. There are skeletons roaming the graveyard.

It is decided that the best tactic is to rush her. We go full speed for all out attack. However there are just too many skeletons and zombies roaming around, and whenever we attack them they explode. Zanne strikes a zombie with his spear and he detonates, nearly spraying goo on those nearby.

Fianna charges through the fray and savagely attacks the necromancer, striking her with a life-ending blow. She manages to knock her mask off to reveal a beautiful face and flowing red hair.

Suddenly a pool of blood rises up from the ground and creates a menacing form, then moves to attack us, spraying crystallized blood.

The dragon, seemingly dead until now, rises up and coughs a huge amount of black phlegm onto Zanne. He falls and seems nearly dead, as the phlegm is flowing into his mouth.

Fianna strikes the dragon and it seems to be causing the necromancer pain. She tells the rest of the party to attack the dragon.

Lennon uses healing magic on Zanne, but it doesn’t seem to help much.

Miri uses his bear familiar to dump over the cauldron with the brain in it.

The necromancer climbs up onto the wing of the dragon and it takes flight.

The pool of blood suddenly forms into flying pools of blood that looks like birds.

A lone skeleton continues to try to attack us, but is unsuccessful and no one seems to pay attention to him. It is suggested that we do not kill him and let him wander after us for eternity.

Zanne finally succumbs to his wounds and dies.

Miri’s bear spirit manages to push the necromancer off of her dragon and she falls to the ground. She finally seems to be slowing down from our strikes.

The gate coming from the city into the cemetery opens and a legion of fighters pour into the yard, led by a heavily armored woman on a horse. They are coming closer, but dozens of undead are in between us.

The group finally fells the necromancer. We find a telepathic ring that can allow one to converse with dragons. It also can create an illusory dragon and notify evil dragons within a certain range of its existence. Obviously she used the ring to call the dragon in the first place.

We also find a chunk of gold in the bottom of the cauldron. It is the missing piece of the crown!

The woman, Thia, quickly introduces herself and says that she hails from Mirabar. She has heard of the legend of the sacrifice, which this woman clearly is, and offers to help return her body to the fishing village.

As Miri looks at Thia, he sees the flag of Allegondor in front of her face. He lets the other group members know about it.

Since there is clearly danger still present here, we try to beat a hasty retreat.

Session 18 – Three of Nine

We speak with the barbarians and formulate a plan to attack the Wolf Clan from behind. However, they must cross the river to do so. They begin building a bridge across the river while we tend to other business.

We sneak inside the city. Approaching the place where we hid the shard of the crown, we do a perimeter search to find tracks of the invisible assailants that attached us last time we were here. We do find some tracks, but they are strange — as if someone had rolled a large ball in a circle around the outhouse pit. The magic users try and find out what this is, but initially aren’t able to find anything out.

After some thought, we think that this may be a ritual that someone is performing to pinpoint the shard, and we should study it further to figure out what it is. A couple of hours go by, and eventually they see that three ghosts are circling. Miri uses himself as a vessel and allows them to speak through him to the other magic users. They tell us that they are “three of the nine.” To us this means that they are probably three of the Neverwinter Nine, a group of wraiths.

Speaking to the ghosts, they say that they are guarding the pieces of the crown. We ask them where the others are, and they say that some are in the graveyard, and some are in the city. We take this to mean that the lost shard of the crown is with the witch, so we think we should confront her.

Belgha asks them if they know where the true heir to the crown is, and they say that the bloodline has not been broken and the heir still lives. He asks where they are, and before answering the vision fades away. As it does, a magical metal circlet emerges from Miri’s head, an apparent parting gift from the three ghosts.

Belgha takes the shard of the crown, and we head toward the city. As we get closer we hear combat, but no dragon. The frozen river has allowed the armies to reach each other so they are going at it pretty hard.

We come to the barbarian clan and advise them to attack. We sneak in alongside them to try and get by and get to the graveyard, but end up in the full battle to get through.

Making our way past the battle, we go stealthy and sneak past all of the combatants and arrive at the gate. Climbing over the wall, we get into the courtyard and see the remains of a white dragon, its dead flesh dropping off of it. Curled inside is the witch, beckoning us to come and face her.

Session 17 – Suicide Squad

We have cleared some of the towers of loot in the castle, and have found some magical arrows and a magical quiver.

After taking some time to figure out what to do, we decide to kill two birds with one stone — we will incite the orcs to attack the tower, and when they come in, trap them with the dragon.

Gadai goes up to a perch on the tower and starts firing arrows into the crowd of orcs to the north of us, but they don’t seem to be able to tell where the arrow came from. Belgha starts a fire on the wall to make it easier to see where we are, and Gadai starts using flaming arrows to shoot the orcs.

Zanne and Fianna descend from the tower, but the orcs are still quite a ways away so we lie in wait until they get closer. They do seem to be interested in what is going on at the tower, but are moving toward it slowly.

We wait until they get closer and start heading back toward the tower, making a lot of noise as we go so they are sure to follow us. They shoot arrows and Zanne takes a hit in his side but continues running.

As the orcs approach, they unlock a box that they were carrying and two blind ogres emerge. They lure the ogres inside and though they stumble around for a while, they eventually go to the bottom of the staircase where the dragon awaits. The orcs wait and see what happens.

Now that the orcs are inside the courtyard, Gadai sneaks over the wall towards the controls for the portcullis. After a while, the ogres emerge half-frozen from the steps, pursued by several drakes. Gadai slams the portcullis closed, and mass chaos ensues. The larger orc smashes the skull of one of the drakes with his two-handed maul. He then tells the other orcs to charge down the stairs toward the dragon and charges down himself, bellowing a mighty war cry.

Zanne and Fianna come down from their perch to the main courtyard and begin their attack. Fianna runs toward the unconscious ogre and quickly dispatches him, and Zanne hurls his spear which pins one of the drakes to the ground. We then dispatch the rest of the remaining drakes and ogres.

Suddenly the dragon emerges from the keep and, flying right past us, starts laying waste to the city. She doesn’t seem to be particular about who or where she is attacking.

While she is occupied, we slide down the icy stairs into the keep and into the lair where her hoard was. The huge orc who we saw, now missing an arm, is still down here and attacks us, missing Lennon only because he misjudged his size. We regroup and take him down.

We see before us piles of gold, the orc’s maul and a horn that was sliced off of the dragon. The rest of the loot is frozen solid in the ice, so we decide to simply have Lennon thaw a bit of it with his magical fire and take a sack of gold with us. We hurry back up the stairwell to the tower.

As we come up, the dragon breathes ice toward us and we narrowly dive out of the way. We head up to the wall and onto the parapet and look out on the city, which is almost completely frozen. The river is completely covered with ice, and there is mass chaos as people are trying to avoid the frost. We also see dozens of skeletons, zombie hulks and other undead laying waste to the wall from our vantage point, as well.

We hurry down from the tower and rush toward the forest and the barbarian clan.

Session 14 – Gathering Forces

The barbarians, Fianna’s people, are itching for a fight with the insurgent wolf clan members who have invaded part of Neverwinter, but we have convinced them to wait until we figure out a plan. Some of our group members are working on a bridge over the river as an escape or supply route for the spellscarred refugees that we’ve been taking care of. We note that the group of orphans we ran across previously are nowhere to be found (we never did discover their true base of operations).

During this time some others from the group see orks coming from the north. Belgha comes in and warns the rest of us. We decide to flee out of the front of the city to avoid the oncoming army. We take the spellscarred people with us and lead them to the barbarian tribe. The barbarians are wary about the spellscarred but Fianna vouches for them.

Gadai is scouting and comes across a group of orks, but they are suddenly and brutally cut down by a team of Harper’s Agents that seem to come from nowhere. Gadais does not know them, but Belgha recognizes their symbol.

We try and track the agents, and find some spots of ork blood from the corpses they are carrying. We find the corpses neatly tucked away under a log.

Suddenly a rope net grabs onto us (Zanne, Miri and Lennon). A woman introduces herself as Cimril, one of the agents. She says that their goal is to disrupt the ork’s supply line. They are moving on the city now and we should stay here so we remain safe. Also she casually mentions that we should fill our waterskins now; we figure that they might try and contaminate the river with corpses. We decide to rest for the night and set up camp and a watch.

The next morning we sneak back into the castle. As we come in, it looks like Jarlaxle has packed up and left. We look out from our vantage point on the tall tower and see that all the bridges in the city are on fire.

We begin to formulate a plan — we will kill some orks and plant wolf clan articles on them to incite fighting between the two groups, and perhaps our problem with both of these hostile forces will resolve itself.

Session 13 – Maze of the Illusionist

We have just gotten through the maze of the illusionist and are bathing in his healing spring. The Illusionist tells us that there is one more piece of the crown unaccounted for. Our group has one piece and Neverember has the rest.

Lennon has had a lobster claw grafted to his arm. We have found a book that is all about the art of grafting; this may help us remedy his situation.

Session 11 – Into the Scar

We discuss what to do next, and it seems like our only option is to descend into the scar and see what we can find down there. We’re thinking that the other pieces of the crown must be there.

We visit Jarlaxle and let him know that we cleared out the necromancer’s house, and also about the refugees that we saved and set up nearby. He tells us that far north of here there is a caravan of people who are on their way to settle in Neverwinter. They will likely take over some of the wealthier homes and try to fix them up. They are northmen who are farmers and hunters.

We set off, heading across the river in one of the boats and moving toward the scar. We find an opening and descend through a tunnel that has been dug through. We run into a dead end and have to find our way down. It is descending slightly.

Eventually we start descending quite quickly, more than 500 feet down, and it appears that we are directly underneath the river. We see a bit of a glow ahead and hear some sounds like a snake or insect.

Now we are far to the other side of the river, and we see what was making the glow and sound — there are piles of dead insects here and three crescent shaped spirits feeding on them. Lennon says that the Moon Wraiths are the spirits of dead werewolves, and they are strongest under the full moon but may not be as strong here.

We defeat them but are heavily damaged. We rest here for a bit and then look around, seeing that we’ve reached a dead end. We will continue looking through the other caverns.

Session 10 – The Wolves

We have the folks who we saved build some boats out of scrap metal. They tell us that they have been pursued by monsters.

At dusk we search the area around our new haunts. There are large mansions here. Most have been picked over, but in one we find a painting that will not come off the walls. The mages in the group determine that it is mystical — a “safe” of sorts. Belgha changes shape to match the person in the painting and is able to get in. There are 3 sacks of gold and silver in here.

We search the other houses and find clothes for the people we saved.

In a bureau we find a pair of gloves that are magical.

We head back and dump everything off, then go to sleep.

At our lair we are attacked by a pack of dire wolves and a sorcerer and his minions.

Session 9 – House of Horror

It is now two days since the spellplague. We are resting up around a campfire, when Jarlaxle shows up at the edge of our camp. He approaches Lennon and gives him a piece of parchment and tells him to gather everyone. Miri takes a look at the parchment and it seems like a magic scroll to open a door of some kind.

We gather and Jarlaxle shows us a map that shows a collection of buildings. Gadai identifies it as a building across the river. Jarlaxle asks us to go and check it out, as he has to check in with his superiors. As he is leaving he turns and says that the scroll is to open the door to the building.

We turn in and sleep for an entire night with Gadai keeping watch, while he is meditating.

The next day we make our way across the bridge and see lots of people leaving the city. As they get closer, we see that some of them are glowing blue like Fianna. Belgha goes to try and help them, and they say that because of their condition they have been cast out. He offers to help relocate them to vacant housing on the other side of the river, but they say that some are set on leaving. Belgha tries to convince them to stay since there are gnolls and other creatures outside the city. After some discussion, all of them decide to come with us.

We try and figure out where to put them, and do some coordination. Belgha gives their leader 100 gold pieces to help everyone, and he is visibly moved.

The group goes to the building we were asked to check out and through the windows it looks very dark. Belgha throws a small rock at the window and sees a hand or something. Lennon and Miri read the scroll and the door opens. We venture in, but it is still very dark in here even with Gadai’s low light vision. We see that we are wading through gore. Gadai sees something slide by on the ceiling, something small like a spider.

We find a door and Fianna yanks it open and we go into another unnaturally dark room. There are hand and finger prints everywhere in the gore. Down another tunnel and through another room, we pry open a door and smell a terribly rotten odor. There is a creature in here that is part flesh and bone. It slides past us but Zanne hurls his spear at it and it sticks to the ceiling. Miri summons his bear spirit who attacks him, and the rest of us try to beat him down. Fianna slices it mightily and Lennon sets it aflame, finally killing it.

Down the hall and in the next room, through the piles of gore animated hands rise and attack us, swarming around several of us. After some fighting, Gadai notices that one of them is wearing a black ring around its middle finger. With an expertly targeted arrow, he skewers it and we hear a screech and the hands skitter off.

In another room, a dwarf awakens as the animated hands slide off of him. He is naked and only remembers coming to the city. The rest of the group comes in and initially we think that he is the necromancer who is harrying us, but he is not wearing a matching black ring. He introduces himself as Dzaqovie (or Dzaq) and tells the group about his plight. We tell him that he should come with us.

As we make our way upstairs we see that the the darkness has lifted. We head outside and clean off in the river to get the dead goo off of us.

We ask Dzaq about where he came from and he says that he was at a monastery that burned down, and was looking for a new path. He asks about work in the area, and we tell him about Neverember and the situation in the city, as well as the Spellplague.

Session 8 – Floating Lake

We toss the bodies down into the pit, then we go toward where we saw the chain going into the chasm. Gadai climbs down and looks around. He hears something. He lands on the boat which is embedded sideways in the wall. Below he sees a glowing “egg.” He tells us to come down and we string together rope to climb down.

We throw the rope down and we see a lake suspended below as well. The water has orbs floating in it. Miri’s spirit companion slices one open and a woman emerges. Miri grabs on to her and pulls her out. Belgha cuts open another one with his grappling hook but he floats up, dead. His familiar finds 3 more that seem to be alive. One of the men starts crying an dhe says that he ventured across the wall a week ago and doesn’t remember anything.

Zanne and Lennon dive in the water and swim towards the center. After almost drowning the see a column of water that appears to be a portal. Suddenly a humanoid with see-through skin appears through the portal. We destroy the portal and kill the minion and one other. We tie ourselves off and break the pool off of the walls, then it falls and smashes. We escape, and head back to the castle.