A Dungeon Deep

The Story so Far

Coerced into aiding the troubled town of Applevale the party descended into the deep mines that are the reason for Applevale’s existence to force back the frogman menace. There they were confronted by frogmen on multiple occasions, but drove them back each time. Until they arrived at the frogman city lorded over by Elial, their king. Elial informed the party that he had no quarrel with the humans of the city. But that an order known as the Cult of Gresh’fax had taken it upon themselves to force the frogmen from their normal breeding ground.

Led by the fearless Ox driven on a quest to destroy this Gresh’fax the party moved even further away from the light. After discovering and slaying a good number of Gresh’fax’s powerful alcolytes they discovered the dragon whelp himself cowering over his treasure. They slayed him handily with the help of Ox’s newfound blades and claimed the treasure horde for themselves.

After hauling the treasure to the surface (with the help of the frogmen alcolytes newly devoted to The Invaders) the party caroused with the local folk. They were approached by an unusually articulate frogman and returned to the frogman city to check on the rumor the frogman had given them. Finding it false they returned to the surface to find their horde had been taken by the illithid group that shared the cavern. They made their way down to the illithid caverns and through cunning ruses and with Ox’s powerful ability to cut through illusions have killed many of the illithid kind.

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And the Frogmen Rejoiced

After a vicious battle in the halls of the doomed dwarves the party prevailed over the last of the illithid menace. Gravely wounding or killing their leader they drove them from the caves, but were unable to slay them all. After a bit of searching they found the remainder of the poor folk of Applevale trapped and likely on their way to becoming mindless slaves like the dwarves. Carefully navigating the now much more perilous illusion traps they returned the villagers to their ruined homes. Packing their vast wealth and taking with them the two would be dragon hunters Marcus and Vincent, the adventurers left for greener pastures and larger cities. Leaving the villagers to bury their dead, and the frogmen to proliferate wildly.

They arrived in Highhurst and immediately sought a wizard to describe the valuables they’d plundered from the dragons horde as well as the den of the illithid. With new-found knowledge they bent their minds to what they would do about the dragon’s curse.

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A false god?

The party turned their hoard of goods from Gresh’fax’s lair into a new The Dragonslayer Farm. After hiring the poor folk of Applevale and procuring orphans (don’t ask where) to man their farm, the settled down to plan the next step.

From the west a phalanx of armored soldiers approached and declared their quest to destroy the traitorous Oksuno. From Maggie’s pouch the symbol of Almanna burst into flames. In a vicious battle the party destroyed the flame soldiers of Almanna. Ox declared Almanna a false god through a singed and blackened throat.

Elmira and Magpie journeyed to Highhurst where they purchased some magical armor each with its own quirks. Later that afternoon they defended the merchant Fazin from some ruffians. The ruffians apparently belong to a gang called the Grave Wights and Fazin suggested that the Trade Consortium would probably pay handsomely to be rid of the menace. The pair next traveled to the Church of Almanna where they learned that the creatures probably tracked them through the symbol Maggie carried. They also learned of a great wizard Fairweather who lives at the top of the mountain Jondeheim. That evening Maggie deposited the token of Almanna back into Almanna’s temple. The next day the party prepared to set out on the journey to Jondeheim uncertain if there were foes at their back, or what they would face once they arrived.

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