Campaign of the Month: May 2022

Revenge on the Kraken's Bane

Session 19: More Secrets of the Sisterhood

KudaToken.pngAs told by Kuda of the Bara.

While the others rest in the tiny hut, Kuda sits cross hoofed in the center, removes the astrolabe from his belt buckle, and attaches the sapphire crystal to it. He uncorks the decanter of endless water and cups his hands while speaking softly in druidic. As water begins to pour from the decanter, he speaks again using shape water to create a perfect sphere of ice around him. Bright points of light emanate from the crystal and form star patterns which dance across the sphere. He begins to chant a prayer to Selune…

selune__1_.jpgOur Lady, who art in the Moon,
Water/snakes be our bane.
Elementals did come,
The crew got them done -
Though we didn’t deal like any damage.
Give us this day
A way out of this cave,
And help smite these devils
as we dishevel sneks as we try to level.
Lead us to the portal,
And deliver us some treasure,
For thine is the Queendom,
The Power,
And the Light beyond measure.

After creating a Kuda-sized hole in the ice, he emerges and drops into Rolf and Sir Swallow’s laps.

Ahhhh.. men.

Session 18: Deep Dark Holes
Frayed Nerves and Hidden Fiends

TimothyToken2.pngUnsent letter found crumpled in the bottom of Timothy’s bag

Captain Rolf.

I think we were all a little shaken by that devil suddenly showing up so I wanted to make you understood my side of everything that happened. By the way, I totally agree we were fine just taking a little nap and not trying to sleep in that cavern.

SkeletalMino.jpegSo, we were walking through those caverns, for some reason Gaemon, the least stealthy of us all just running ahead when he found that Minotaur skeleton with those bronze gauntlets. We told him not to touch it and he just does it anyway. I know he likes dead stuff, but if he’s just gonna randomly touch shit that will kill us. He did that same shit when we were trying to sneak up on that alter just a few weeks ago with his clanky armor.

I know he took him down fairly easily, but we just waste resources. What if another devil just showed up and we were all out of shit.

We got so distracted talking about it we almost blindly walked into that lamia and her little friend. Another devil from the snake people. An actual arcanoloth! Thank Lathander Ghaisek was on top of things! They warned us before we all just walked sauntered into the cave. It’s just lucky you and I weren’t hit by that fireball. I mean, it almost took down poor Kuda.

Aracanaloth.jpegI’ll admit, Gaemon was good for jumping down that hole, so that recklessness comes in handy…but still! And yes, that was a neat trick misty stepping to that rope. But let’s face it, Preston’s casting sickening radiance saved the day. That was a way better plan!! We were able to get away because of that and get into that hut.

But your right, we should just let it go and try to work together better.

I mean, we did seem to be back on track the next morning. Ghaesik’s imp was able to find all that treasure. I think we can agree it’s much easier to keep out of trouble with their imp scouting ahead and finding everything. Until it got ganked again.

Then, what do you know, there’s Gaemon… just touching prying away gems without looking for traps and summoning elementals to fight. I mean, as the rogue….stealing shit is my job!

Know what, never mind….I shouldn’t be so sensitive. I’m just going through some personal shit. I’m not sleeping well lately. Maybe it’s clouding my judgement. It’s fine. Everything’s fine. Everything’s fine. Fine.

Session 17: The Greathorn Ore Mine
The Sssisssterhood

SpreaToken.pngAs recounted by Sprey D’Eagle.

Dear Aunt Umbra,

So…something happened that I think you could help me out with a little. I guess I should give a little backstory first though.

Bronzefist.jpgWe went out to the Great Horn Minotaurs camp to try to bring some big ol’ minotaur named Bronze Fist back to Raven’s Bluff with us. He wasn’t really keen on it at first, but he said if we helped take care of their problem in their mine nearby. Apparently they were having trouble with snake people and hyena…people?

Either way, the night before we went into the mine, Kuda gave himself some really fancy tattoos that he said would really help us in battle. Then, right as we entered the cave Rolf wanted to prep us for battle and gave a really rousing speech. It was quite animated and physical, but I felt really pumped for what awaited us in the cave even though I was still pretty nervous. It was…pretty dark in the cave, but I’ve been able to master some the Astral techniques that Uncle tried teaching me before I left and could see okay in the dark.

Gaisek tried using their imp to scout out the mine, but just as it saw what was ahead, the snake people noticed it and started preparing to attack. They mentioned something about taking us to a Pit because their Mistress was coming (they really hissed a lot while saying that). Right as I turned the corner to attack them though, I saw them and couldn’t stop myself from just walking right up to them and standing there while they attacked!

SerpLamia.jpgEveryone was able to take down the snake people without my help though, but as the last one fell we started hearing the howling. Kuda and Preston were quick thinking and laid some magical traps down that helped stop the incoming hyena people and snake people in their tracks. One of them made me fall asleep somehow, and that’s when I “saw” something weird.

I hadn’t slept with my Astral self summoned before, but I have these…memories of what was going on when I was asleep. They’re hazy though. All I know is that at some point a big devil creature appeared right by me and Gaisek. It was attacking the hyena creatures at first, but then started attacking us. Even me! Which very quickly woke me up. Maybe one of the snake people summoned it, but why would it have attacked their own people? I’m not really sure what happened, so I was hoping you’d help me figure this out.

It seems like we’ve cleared out a part of the mine, but we have no idea how much further we need to go. I think we’re all tired though, we needed a good rest before continuing further. Hopefully this’ll make it harder for them to make me fall asleep again.

Hope all is well, and that you all have been okay on the road.

Your Sprey

Session 16: The Vicious Seaward Sets Sail
The Greathorn Minotaurs

RolfToken.pngAs told by Rolf the Red, Captain of the Vicious Seaward.

Captain’s Log Day 1

I get to write that now. Because I’m the captain. Of a ship. Full of friends.


The weapon and leader-voice practice I’ve been doing actually worked! Kuda got the same number of votes as me, but he didn’t want the title. I don’t even know what to feel about that. Deep breaths, Rolf. After we celebrated a job well done with the Lady Raven, Barkus told us he had a lead on the Kraken’s Bane, but he needed help. An old friend/lover, now living in the Earthspur Mountains to the north: A minotaur named Bronzefist. Timothy asked if that was his real name, but most of us agreed a name is real if it’s what you want to be called. Like how Rolf is my name Anyway, Barkus wanted Bronzefist back as his first mate since his husband was murdered, and revenge is best with friends. Based on a tip, we go shopping for supplies: first to Verbig for magic gear upgrades and requests (I got a shield!), then the sundry shop to fill in some missing armor and equipment needs, and finally a candy shop for a barrel of 400 sugar skulls… My first order as captain was to party, and my second was to buy enough sweets to bribe a minotaur The trip will take a few days, so we cast a net for a crew to man the Vicious Seaward, then went to the Dragon’s Maw for some fun. A half-elf named Bellas fooled me into thinking he was a satyr, but I think we both enjoyed the aggressive results (I fucked him good). Timothy ran off, chased by a gnome barbarian named Dippal, and when he got back he needed another washing. Ghaisek was used by an aarakokra named Corvid that gave him some good perspective, while Gaemon had a dirty time with a human named Robin. I don’t think either of them liked their experience a lot, but not my place to guess, I guess. Preston serviced a hunky prince before getting railed, and Sprea cuddled with and was dommed by a mystical person with a lamp. Kuda watched and enjoyed it all from our mental links. Wait, can y’all read my mind when I’m writing this right now??? GO AWAY THIS IS PRIVATE CAPTAIN TIME.

Captain’s Log Day… dammit already lost count.

Bronzefist.jpgWe got to Mole Master fine and the minotaurs are fine and everything is fine concerned about some Yawntee snake people Yuan-ti magicians taking their mine and attacking their homes and stealing their totems. Bronzefist enjoyed the sugar skulls we brought and said as a favor to Barkus, he’d be happy to come find the Kraken’s Bane if we could protect his tribe from this threat. We vouched for Ghaisek and promised to help. We’ve got some fights ahead. Deep breaths, Captain Rolf.

Session 15: The Spellcasting Frogs of the Flooded Forest
Search for the Spawning Stone

Ghaisek_token.pngAs told by Ghaisek.


I am pleased to report that I have been successful in the task you put before me. As you are no doubt aware, our crew made our way deeper into the flooded forest in search of the sunken city. As we came nearer to our destination, we encountered another group of travelers in search of the city. An unforeseen working of magic, from this wand I acquired, caused Rolf to be upset by the “unnecessary” risk of random spellwork. Consequently, I opted to take a more diplomatic approach to our meeting with this group of wanderers-although my instinct was to incinerate them on the spot.

We ended up making camp with these strangers and learned from their leader, “Brother Paul”, that they were in search of the sunken city to seek out the wisdom of the so-called Frog Sage. The fervor with which Brother Paul spoke combined with the mindless obedience of his companions was immediately concerning. Fanatics certainly have their uses, but I find that left unchecked they cause more trouble than they are worth.

Gaemon, Preston, and Rolf slept in the hollow of some rocks near Brother Paul’s camp, while Sprea, Kuda, and I slept in various places outside. Timothy of course has a penchant for getting into trouble and opted to sleep with brother and one of his companions in the main tent.

Green_slaad-5e.jpgIn the middle of the night, Brother Paul attacked Timothy and revealed himself to be a green slaad. Once the ruckus woke the rest of our group from sleep I returned my thoughts to a more incendiary solution.

As fights go, the crew acquitted themselves quite well. I’d even suggest that it was one of our more cleanly executed battles -especially in light of how potentially poorly we were positioned for such a fight.

GraySlaad.jpgWe continued on to the sunken city itself where we encountered a spellcasting grey slaad. The crew proved quite capable of dealing with the threat and were quite helpful in following your instructions to sever the link between the “spawning stone” and the Prime Material. They did have some questions regarding the source of my information that I did not see fit to answer at the time. A small bit of pressure on Timothy in regards to his connection to our Master proved helpful in convincing him to encourage the rest of the crew to carry on without asking too many questions. That said, I imagine the time is quickly coming where they will try and nail me down on some answers. It may serve purpose of finding out more about Timothy’s past in order to leverage his support.

After we completed our business in the sunken city we returned to Raven’s Bluff via Ylraphon and found that the construction of our ship The Vicious Seaward has been completed. We are headed back to the Dragon’s Claw Tavern to speak with Lady Raven and Barkus and receive our next task.

Hail Asmodeus,


Session 14: What is Red and Blue and Green All Over
If It Looks Like a Cult

GaemonToken.pngAs told by Gaemon Swallows.

My dear sweet Umberllee,
I write this soliloquy as I think of thee

After picking off pixies, we purveyed the praying perch
Scratching off a rune we gave the site a search

The base beheld a brand, the Black hand of lord Bane
Kuda cleansed sigil from stone, to cease this false gods claim

Onward we traveled, Timothy trailing tidings of thieves
We stumbled upon wicked smell of death amongst trees

CorpseFlower.pngMaking our approach, Kuda found a corpse flower
I think that he smokes it to create his odd star power

As Kuda culled cuttings, the Cordia came to be a carnivorous cabbage
Seeping smells sheepened the stomachs of Sprea and I most savage

The vile vegetation vomited vicious victimized ventures of yore
Gaesik’s gaze glazed, grimly launching eldritch blast, as we’ve seen before

Preston’s fingers flew fabulous flames frying fatally our foes, smoking from the tips
Rolfs poniard projectile pierced plant on point ,thrown from the hips

Timothy swam slime in stream, shooting safely from shore
Taking one for the team as a Navy Seal Otter, adorbe

With the war almost won Gaesick wove his wacky wand for wauggery
And by perchance poofed the prized plant from the plotted perch, Buggery

Lost in soaked swamp Sprea soared to the skys
Spotting smoke from a campfire we surmised

Upon careful approach Timothy and team A made new friends
Though still skeptical team B hung back round the bends

Priest.jpgBrother Paul seemed…. to nice, and offly fond of a frog
Seemed possibly their minds might be lost in a fog

Braun, Alitta and Lexi add, make for a marry ol band
Against better judgement we all walk up and join clan

After an arm wrestle, a dinner, and slight exchange of tales
We made up our camp and our group plans to set sail

Timothy forgetting his supplies, with mischievous intent
Decided to stay with Brother Paul in his tent

I don’t claim to know much about this wild land
But staying with him seems a terrible plan

As I write, as I fight, cleansing your world of foul blight in name of the
Bless me, in your way, that I can bring your chaos to the fray my sweet Umberllee


Session 13: The Vampire Pixies of the Mist

Ghaisek_token.pngAs told by Ghaisek.

Greetings Mistress,

I trust the creature Caliban has kept you apprised of goings on here on the material plane (though I may give the wretch too much credit), but it seemed appropriate to provide a formal update. As you know, we had previously traveled to Ylraphon with intent to seek power and enrichment in the nearby flooded forest.

After dealing with that tentacle beast at the house of Moander we took some time to rest and recover from grievous injury -for those among our number careless enough to suffer such wound. Following our rest, we noticed that many of our capabilities had increased. I myself take note of your intervention in such matters of fortune, and offer gratitude for recognition of faithful service.

We soon set feet to purpose, and marched deeper into the flooded forest in search of the sunken city. The Lutrinian, Timothy, led the way for us following encoded messages left through the forest. He has some connection to our Master in Nessus, but is reticent on the topic. I will endeavor to find out more on this matter in due course.

Fearing the possibility of beguiling fey magics, the bard Rolf played songs for a journey towards a purpose of fortifying our minds against such influence. I believe there is some potential for gain in cultivating friendship with Rolf. He is charming and naïve in equal measure, proving himself loyal companion and valuable ally.

Eventually we found a warning posted to “Beware: Winged Fangs”. Were it not for the rumors of vampiric pixies I would have considered such warning to be the product of a deranged mind. In short measure we found ourselves accosted by the very same. We came across an altar in the forest rich with coin and warded by a permanent enchantment of spike growth.

Aradni.jpgWhile investigating the altar we were attacked by a pair of these fey creatures along with a cadre of gnolls. A cleverly placed fireball from Preston made short work of the gnolls but the fey proved a greater nuisance. Something within the mists laying over the region seemed to sap us of the very essence of vitality and transfer it in full measure to those vicious little cunts. There seemed to be some magic in the arrows they fired. One such arrow rendered Sprey unconscious in a single hit. Another arrow resulted in immediate cries of terror from Rolf leading me to the conclusion that some enchantment must lay on the arrows. (I doubt whether Rolf has the good sense to actually feel terror without some form of magical inducement, but i suppose that is part of his charm).

Once the violence had ended it became quickly apparent that the gnolls with the fey were mere slaves and unlikely to prove as threat. Some of our number expressed regret at the deaths of those pitiful creatures. In truth, we granted them freedom from the sorrowful mewling existence to which they had been condemned.

I have enclosed with this missive the preserved form of one of these vampiric fey so that you may pass it to others in your service for study. The satyr Kuda was quite useful in preparing the preservative solution. Take note of my continued success in acquiring assistance to purpose from these that would serve lesser masters.

Hail Andariel in her glory, Hail Asmodeus Lord of the Ninth.

Your servant,


Session 12: Flooded Forest, Ho!
The House of Moander

SpreaToken.pngAs told by Sprey D’Eagle.

From Sprey’s Journal, one of several unsent letters:

Uncle Adler,

Gosh I hope you all are doing okay. I’m not sure where Mr. Mooney and the circus have made their way to now, but I hope you’ve been able to go with them.

As for me, our crew has made it to the town of Ylrpahon in search of the mysteries of the Flooded Forest. We weren’t sure what to expect from this place, so before heading out we stocked up on all kinds of supplies. Kuda was looking for ways to get more tattoos, which makes me feel like I need a reminder of all the tattoos he has… Ghaisek also picked up some fancy…lube/ointment thing that he immediately handed to his pet thing, so maybe that’ll come in handy. Could you let Auntie Umber know I also picked up a glassblower’s kit? I thought it was time to start using one again.

After we booked passage on a boat by working our butts off helping with the sailing, we arrived in Ylraphon and set to work learning more about what might be hidden in the Flooded Forest. While I took time to get a layout of the town and swamp, the group visited both temples of Selune and Umberlee. No one knew about the Sunken City we had heard about, but we did get tasked with clearing out “Old Moldy”. Apparently someone named Moander hadn’t done his spring cleaning and we got sent to clean his house for him.

Darktentacles.jpg Just outside the house we found a bunch of signs for joining the Convocation in the Sunken City. They made it sound like a party, but I think we all had a bad feeling about it. The house turned out to be some…sunken temple thing that some big tentacle thing had taken over. I guess instead of rats they get tentacle monsters that move into abandoned homes. We got beaten up pretty good, but it was worth it from all the treasure we found!

Everyone got some fun but powerful toys too, and I’m sure their excited to use them, but after the monster we needed some good rest. I guess we’ll be in this swamp a little bit longer and trying to learn from it. Hopefully the circus never makes it over here, it’s a little too humid for Auntie Nabis’ liking.

Take care, Uncle.May4FF.gif

Session 11: Soulforge Strikes Back
Does Anyone Speak Dwarvish?

TimothyToken2.pngExcerpt from Timothy’s Journal

14 Nightal, 1490_

We were near the Soul Forge with all the dead bodies and Kuda was going to touch it to see what it did. But the moment he touched it, it began to glow and, of course, all the bodies popped up and started attacking us, which shook up Geamon and Ghaisek who stood there…. just stood there…. for like 6 seconds! Then Preston just drops a fireball, barely missing me.

HuskZombie.jpegAnd these weren’t normal bodies…they were explode-y bodies!

Rolf distracted the guy next me so I could get away before he took me out. Then he really got really smacked down, then stunned. Luckily, I was able to kill the thing before he got hit again and Preston moved in to keep him safe while he couldn’t move. (For just a second, Rolf was kinda hot stunned and bleeding…is that an Asmodeus thing? Not sure I’m comfortable with it. Gonna have to ask Ghaisek.)

Question, journal…. does it count as a kill if the thing you stabbed a lot was already dead?

The soul forge just kept glowing, even after we dropped all the ghoulies. Tried hitting it and nothing… well took some damage. I thouight it had instructions, but I couldn’t read it. No one could read it. You know who read it. Rolf’s fucking sword. Rolf’s fucking sword could read it. When Rolf said the name “Moradin the Forger of Souls” it stopped glowing and stunning everybody.

We took the hammer from the forge…hope no one needs it. It’s in my pocket. Took a rubbing of the anvil as proof we were there. Then we slept there. It was cold and damp, but Rolf was very warm.

The next morning, Gaemon and Ghaisek went statue tipping, and we all know what happens when we let them on their own. They found a box in the bottom of one of them which said Property of the Golden Hands of Vergadain. Sprea picked up and put in the pocket.

Virbig was happy to see us. We gave him the rubbing from the soul forge. Then he wanted to map which I still say wasn’t part of the original deal. Didn’t even say goodbye or thank you when we left. Rude.

Vergadain_symbol.jpgAfter cleaning up and a quick orgy, we finally opened that box. This giant mouth jumps out and says “Similar faces are good hiding places.” Lot’s o’ goodies in there, lots of coins, some potions, and really nice arrows. Rolf tried to eat a coin because he thought the coins had more coins in them.

So now we are off to the Flooded Forrest.

P.S. Note to self, keep an eye out for things with that statues face.

P.P.S. We also finally named our ship…. Vicious Seaward!!

Session 10: Searching for the Soulforge
The Lost Shrine in Sarbreen

PrestonToken.png As told by Preston Digitation.

Short rest back outside
Timothy ordered Goggles of Night
Sprea nabbed a Clockwork Amulet
Went back to sewer
A big hole! Rolf investigates…we all follow down the rope
We explore the ruins…
Rust monsters! (oh and a XORN)
Continue exploring
Discover an altar/anvil, with some dead bodies…looks like the previous exploring group didn’t make it :(
No obvious cause of death. They’re just dead.