Facing the Black Monk

blackmonkContinued from previous session. Session Date: 21 November 2014

About two weeks passed while Ciaran studied the resources he found in the great library under Jorgenfist. He learnt a lot about Thassilon and their enemy, Runelord Karzoug. It was clear from his research that the key to defeating the Runelord lay in forging a ‘dominant’ weapon in the mysterious laboratory known as Runeforge. Mokmurian had apparently been searching for the same thing, and had determined that the only person who knew a way into Runeforge had died beneath the town of Sandpoint.

The other heroes spent their time clearing the fortress of any dead bodies ahead of the arrival of the supplies and people from Magnimar. Only the foreboding black tower remained. The heroes ventured into the icy chamber and went through the trap door. At the bottom they were greeted by a dark chamber filled with beautiful song. However, they quickly realised that the song was a distraction as the harpies stopped singing and attacked.

Meanwhile, the mysterious black monk summoned forth swarms of scarab beetles and noxious gases. Ciaran took a risk and used a fireball in the confined space, which took care of the swarms but left him rather singed, while the others managed to escape harm. While Cecil and Nu were occupied fighting the harpies, the Black Monk came for Ciaran, killing him with a series of well-aimed blows. Radha was able to destroy the monk after that, but it was too late for Ciaran. Claiming the mysterious scroll case that the monk clung to, even in undeath, the remaining heroes returned to the surface.

Distraught by the sudden death of their sorcerer, they waited for the Magnimarians to arrive, hoping someone among them would have resurrection or teleportation magic. Brodert Quink and a few other scholarly types offered to translate the Thassilonian runes on the Black Monk’s scroll case. These turned out to be a riddle, which the heroes eventually puzzled out, revealing several magical scrolls within. One of these turned out to be a scroll of true resurrection, but there was no one who could cast it without a chance of failure.

Using the communication device that Alamander had given Ciaran, Nu and Radha contacted the knights to ask for their assistance. Zoren arrived to teleport them all to Magnimar and back to Jorgenfist. He also brought the Samsaran Yeshing to study in the library. Zoren informed the party that they had at last tracked down the missing stone giants from Mokmurian’s army. They had traveled east to the town of Turtleback Ferry and slaughtered a number of citizens bearing the Sihedron tattoo. The giants had since been slain, but at great cost to the town.

After finding a cleric in Magnimar to resurrect Ciaran, the heroes spend an evening in the comfort of the Kaijitsu villa before returning to Jorgenfist. Among the items found in the great library, Ciaran located records of mining operations in the area. He ordered Jaden to take some men to the nearest mining location and start extracting any available resources. He hoped to make their occupation of Jorgenfist into a profitable venture. He also left behind the roc egg he had acquired, instructing Jaden to locate a suitable trainer once the egg hatched.

Once they were sure everyone had settled into Jorgenfist, the heroes returned to Sandpoint to investigate the sinkhole that had appeared in the town at the time of Mokmurian’s death. Sheriff Hemlock had roped the area off and stationed a guard after a curious soul had found a way down into the sinkhole and had not returned.

Next session: Into the Sinkhole

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