D&D SESSION 29

We’re back from our honeymoon and the first thing we wanted to do was jump back into D&D. It’s been a long time, and it’s going to be a crazy time. Without further delay, here’s what happened this session:

SESSION 29

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL18) and Basile (LVL20)
  • Lorn (LVL20)
  • Marven (LVL20)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 20)
  • Alkaid (LVL 20)
  • Dwayne (LVL 20)

Dwayne saunters up to the group and asks how everything is going, while Marven goes to The Lair to meet with Regis. Dwayne casts Major Illusion on Regis to make him look like a halfling again, but since he’s still a half orc he just looks down and sees the top of his head. Marven asks Regis to take a group of talented individuals to raid dungeons and find a gelatinous cube to chop into tiny bits to sell as jello shots.

Lorn gets Ciaran to help him with a task, and when they shake hands, neither of them remember what they were doing. What they don’t recall is having Ciaran hide Lorn’s phylactery somewhere in the world.

Alkaid and Dwayne visit Xi-Long to purchase Deathward armor and a True Resurrection Scroll so Dwayne can become the true Rock Gnome he once was. Dwayne then asks Basile if he can read the scroll to bring him back to life since he plans on dying that day. Once Basile checks to make sure Dwayne isn’t suicidal (unlike how he’s feeling) he agrees to ensure he comes back to life. Dwayne then goes to the Temple of Ioun to donate baklava. Judah eats a bite of baklava.

While in town, Can Tankerous shouts out ‘contingent” as a small army approaches. They are carrying flags picturing a golden field with a rose. Rhaegar recognizes it’s House Tyrell, and they come requesting for audience with Neebs and Associates ft. Dwayne the Rock Gnome Johnson. Loris are invited to Rhaegar’s, and Dwayne starts cooking for the guests. Marven eats most of the food. Loris explains that the High King is looking for assistance. The Commonwealth is being invaded by Dwayne’s homeland.

Dwayne explains that his kingdom is within the Western Water Federation (WWF) made up of small islands, with the main islands as Uwa’nakiamalu and Kir’bati. It is very reclusive and hard to visit. They hold celebrations or tournaments where fighters from the gnome community perform. The army was divided by a civil war, and three of the divisions were controlled by the nobles. Loris explains that the island is now unite by someone called The Undergnome. Loris would like the associates to assassinate The Undergnome. Rhaegar asks what’s in it for them, since they’re doing a big favor for the Commonwealth. The High King is willing to pay a hefty sum and make them all nobles.

During all of this, Hubert the young page, vows to challenge Marven once he’s an adult. Alkaid writes a note and gives it to the page to call dibs on Rugen’s home.

The group agrees to assist, and plan to leave the next day. Marven visits Ashisa or else he’ll probably get a divorce at this point. Dwayne sends a message to Balk Holgan, the Hulkster, to try and learn more about their home. Balk replies, saying resources are short on the island, but the Undergnome’s plans to invade are bringing in more food. He has the Hook of the Islands, and the noble family has vanished. He then casts gate to have Farooq arrive, but he doesn’t appear.

Basile goes to Pythos at the Phoenix. He demands to know more about his past, and why he needed to “sacrifice” Ciaran. Pythos tries to explain as much as he is allowed, stating that he never lied to Basile. He and Ciaran needed to be bound in order to grow stronger and achieve immortality. This will make it more difficult for the gate to Infernus to be opened. Frustrated, Basile asks how Pythos knows everything, and sells the information about their assassination plan for answers. Pythos says that the universe tells him the answers, and assures Basile that he’s on their side. Basile asks how he can trust him, since he can’t read his mind to check for the mark of Lucifer without getting hurt. Pythos says Basile can’t trust him with that logic, but Basile decides that he’s still an ally.

In the middle of town, a blue dome appears. Xylander starts clawing at it and slips inside. Dwayne waves at him, and Xylander walks away. Dwayne gets catnip and lures him back in. The next morning, Marven knocks on the dome’s “door” and looks for food. The rest of the group trickles in to prepare to leave.

The group disguises themselves as gnomes and teleport with the helm to the marketplace of Uwa’nakiamalu. The main island is a volcanic land covered in buildings decorated with shells. The temperature is very hot and humid, and surrounded by rainforests. The streets are lined with basalt that lead down to the beach.

The townspeople are surprised as a group of “gnomes” appear in town. Only Marven and Dwayne can understand the language, but Ciaran cast Comprehend Language and slaps Dwayne on the back to learn how to speak the language. Dwayne pretends he’s leading a tour group. Meanwhile, street vendors try to sell them junk or food. Marven buys 50 pounds of Mahi Mahi.

Dwayne finds the lineup for the Survivor Series tournament coming up, and finds a little girl who adores The Undergnome. She gives him the card to look over:

Andre the Gnome, One Man Gnome, King Kong Gnomeby, Ruch Bead, Rick Rude

VS.

Bulk Hogan, Paul Gnomedorff, Gnome Morracco, Ken Piterra, and Bam Bam Gnomelow

As the group continues down the street, they see carts driven by dinosaurs, and Ciaran and Alkaid go off to try and catch one to take home. The rest of the group go to the beach gym to meet with Bulk. Dwayne asks if the Undergnome will take on any challengers, and reveals himself. Bulk almost reveals that it’s Dwayne, and gets into an argument with another gnome working out at the gym about how Dwayne isn’t a complete weenie. He manages to get backstage passes and a room at the Narrow Turtle.

Basile takes his time to roam the town and read the mind of the townspeople, sensing motives to see if anyone has information on the Undergnome. Most of the townsfolk feel worried about their ways of life and are thankful for the Undergnome as he’s solving their famine.

Dwayne shows off his hook and accidentally casts Waves of Exhaustion on the beach, where all of the weight lifters get too tired to keep the weights off their chests. Bulk drops the weight on his foot and yells, “ouch brother!”

Lorn suddenly teleports in disguise as “Gnomesaw,” and watches everything. No one recognizes him except Rhaegar, Ciaran and Basile, who see through his illusion or read his mind.

Over the course of three days, Lorn studies and practices spells, and Alkaid and Ciaran manage to find and capture seven dinosaurs for the party: Velociraptor, Dire Dilophosaurus, baby Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ornithopod, baby Brontosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus and Compsognathus. They are teleported back to Neebsenshire for Stormageddon to watch over.

When they’re ready, they travel to Kir’bati where the tournament is being held. In the middle of the island, there is The Conch Arena. All of the fighters are backstage, and they catch a glimpse of The Undergnome. He’s wearing a long cloak, mask, and hat. From what they can see of his skin, he has gray skin.

Dwayne goes up to ask for an authograph, and acts like a fanboy to try and sum him up. Ciaran and Rhaegar go to sit in the audience while the others stay backstage. Alkaid shows off her Compy to Basile, who realizes Ciaran caught dinosaurs.

The announcer, Vince McGnome, walks into the ring and starts to build up the hype. Suddenly, the Undergnome flies in and punches the announcer and tombstone’s him. He then asks who’s ready to fight, and Dwayne changes the music to his entrance. The moment it says, “can you smell what the rock is cooking,” Dwayne casts prestidigitation to make it smell like pie. Then Lorn starts to casts spells for pyrotechnics. Rhaegar asks Ciaran who to say “It’s Dwayne the Rock Gnome Johnson” in gnomish and shouts out when no one recognizes him. The Undergnome asks who dare challenge him, and Dwayne makes his stance on making their country a better place to be. They both show off their hooks and everyone loses their damn mind because TWO HOOKS. The Undergnome then reveals that he’s Dwayne’s brother, Farooq. The two banter, and Farooq agrees to a Survival Series/Hell in the Cell match.

The Undergnome, Triple Gnome, The Big Gnome, Gnome Cold Steve Austin, and Glug Swaggle.

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The Rock Gnome Johnson, The Manbeast Rhino (Rocky), Mr. Purrfect (Xylander), Torque the Dragon Steamboat, and Agnak the Giant.

Ciaran casts Ghost Sound to make it sound like there is some applause among the boos in the crowd. As Torque and Agnak are gated in, the crowd starts cheering for him. A fiendish gnome walks around and jams her staff into the ground. The actual domain of Hell is dropped into the arena.

Dwayne walks in first, and the Undergnome comes up to challenge him. While the Undergnome starts shit-talking, Dwayne casts Time Stop to cast Displacement, True Sight, and Haste. Meanwhile, Marven decides he wants to fight, so with Lorn’s help he trades places with Agnak and has an illusion on him to make it look like nothing changed.

  • As soon as the bell rings, the Undergnome takes his hook and swings at Dwayne’s legs, shouting “Bone Crusher.” Dwayne’s bones start to feel brittle from the hit, and he is tripped. When Dwayne is on the ground, Undergnome slams his hook down with Bone Splitting Strike.
  • Dwayne uses Dimension Door and teleports upside down above Undergnome. As he falls down, he hooks Undergnome by the neck for a “Neck Breaker.”He then cleaves into the back of his neck.
  • The Undergnome whips around and yells “Colossus Strike” as he swings through the displaced image of Dwayne.
  • Dwayne casts Mirror Image to have four other images of him encircle him.
  • Undergnome yells, “Greater Raging Mongoose,” and Dwayne yells, “What the fuck is that?!” Undergnome swings at all of the five Dwayne’s. Two of the illusions vanish, but Dwayne is hit and tripped again.
  • Dwayne teleports away and tags in Xylander, who leaps immediately onto the Undergnome. He hasn’t eaten, and he’s ravenous. Dwayne realizes Agnak is Marven and is very confused.
  • Undergnome uses ‘Colossus Strike” and swings at Xylander. The hook is gored into the side and thrown across the ring.
  • Xylander gets back to his feet and sprints across, avoiding getting tripped, as he tags in Rocky. He charges into Undergnome.
  • Undergnome uses the custom Tombstone Piledriver maneuver by picking up Rocky (the 3-foot tall gnome against the 1000 lb rhino) and driving his head into the ground. Rocky is stunned, but he’s able to shake it off. As the Undergnome leaves to tag out, Dwayne casts Dominate Person on The Big Gnome, who walks in and immediately tags Undergnome back in.
  • The Undergnome isn’t prepared to tag back in, and Rocky charges him immediately. He takes the Zephyr lazy-boy chair he brought in with him and slams it into Undergnome.
  • The Undergnome tries to run away, but Dwayne casts Halt. Rocky grabs him by the arm to pretend to hold him back.
  • Rocky hit him around with his horn, bit his ear off, and hit him with the Zephyr chair. After seven hits, Basile suddenly realizes he never checked his mind for a Lucifer mark and sprints out so he can use telepathy before he possibly dies. Rocky walks away and carries the ear in his mouth.
  • Undergnome tags in Glug Swaggle the dwarf, and Rocky tags in “Agnak.”
  • Marven walks up and uses his Breath of Pendralar, but Glug Swaggle summons a wall of earth to block him. However, the flames bounce around and hit the team behind him. They all disintegrate, but Dwayne uses his hook to take the hit for his brother. Marven uses his Belt of Battle and flies up to blow fire down onto him, but the wall blocks it.
  • Glug Swaggle takes off his mask and curses them all. Lorn recognizes him as Glugnut and rushes in. His fist glows with a violent energy and punches Marven. He is banished to Limbo.
  • Lorn casts Time Stop, and then teleports himself into the ring. He then casts Nature’s Avatar, Chasing Perfection, Haste and Freedom of Movement. Rocky then charges at Glugnut.
  • Glugnut drops his hand, and the ground beneath Rocky’s feet turns into a blackhole. Rocky attempts to fly away and is able to resist the gravity of the blackhole. Reality starts to shift around him and swings at Rocky.
  • Alkaid rapid shoots at Glugnut, while Lorn casts Solarity to trade places with Rhaegar and Undergnome. With Undergnome in the stands, Agnak is watching him.
  • Rhaegar uses Lightning Throw and precise precision to strike Gugnut in the chest with his sword. He also uses Lions Roar.
  • Marven, in Limbo, imagines food and eats.
  • Basile runs up to Dwayne and reads the Scroll of True Resurrection. He also sends a message to Marven to check on him, and Marven is in heaven as he is in a world where he can create anything he wants. He also attempts to read Glugnut and Undergnome’s mind – Glugnut’s mind is blanked by magic and Undergnome’s mind is clear of Lucifer’s influence.
  • Dwayne comes back to life and is able to resist the effects of the blackhole. He flies up into the air and uses the hook to turn into a whale. He then drops onto Rocky and Glugnut.
  • Lorn casts Time Stop then Bite of the Werebear. Alkaid, who isn’t affected by time shenanigans, summons three more Alkaids. Lorn then casts Bane Blade on rocky, and Alkaid casts Barkskin. Lorn finally casts Reverse Gravity, and Alkaid casts Owl’s Wisdom. Dwayne, the whale, starts floating as gravity is reversed. No longer pinned down, Rocky starts swinging at Glugnut.
  • As Glugnut starts to teleport away, Lorn runs up and casts Dragon’s Mark on him. However, he is able to resist it and he teleports 20 feet away. He starts to draw the mark of Lucifer into the air and pushes it at Lorn while chanting: “By the power of Lucifer, I command your enslavement.”
  • Lorn casts Solarity to teleport everyone away by 100 feet. However, the mark continues to track him. As he’s running, he realizes that Glugnut used a Miracle to cast the spell, and starts thinking of how to stop it.
  • Alkaid studies Glugnut, while the clones start attacking. She then uses her Belt of Battle and Origin Strikes him. Her arrow hits and crits, and he’s forced to pass four will saves in order to resist being erased from time.

Glugnut slowly dissolves from time as the black hole sucks him in, and Alkaid says, “No one cares enough to bring you back.”

As the mark approaches Lorn, he realizes he can make a wish and states, “By the power of Ioun, he negates this spell.” The wish grants him Superb Dispelling, which he uses and succeeds. The mark of Lucifer vanishes just as it touches Lorn and he is safe.

Ciaran goes over to Agnak and Undergnome and teleports them back into the ring. Dwayne confronts him, stating that he wants to save their people. Everyone goes outside and Dwayne attempts to bring the islands back together. He ties a rope to the hook and throws it into the ocean while shouting “HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA’A!” He casts Shield on himself. The hook lands in the ocean, and he reels in a fish.

When that doesn’t work, Dwayne starts to dance around with the hook and pulling energy from around the hook. It starts to vibrate, and as he move it around from the ocean across the land to the volcano. Everyone starts heading to the volcano when the volcano didn’t come to Dwayne.

At the lip of the volcano, Dwayne hears the word sacrifice and immediately pushes his brother into the volcano. When nothing happens, he turns back time. He then decides to drop the hook into the volcano. Suddenly, an earthquake starts and Basile is knocked into the volcano. As he flies back up, he sees Lorn chuckling at him and gets embarrassed.

The sky starts to turn bleak and gray, and water spout tornados start forming. Volcano’s start spitting out lava and the sea splits. The ocean starts draining away as straits start forming and natural bridges connect the islands. Lastly, the hook flies back out of the volcano and Dwayne catches it. The lava on the hook starts searing him, and he says, “Can you smell what the rock is cooking?”

Undergnome congratulates Dwayne on his success, stating that he saved the islands from their famine as they have more fertile land to farm. Alkaid makes a timeshare deal with Undergnome to bring in more revenue. When they tell him to stop the war, he doesn’t remember. Lorn walks up and probes his thoughts, and they learn that he’s been influenced by the now forgotten dwarf.

During all this time, Marven is still in Limbo. He’s chilling in a hot tub of molten gold, eating pork with Yuan-ti women. Marven creates a hot tub for Rocky with the Lady of the Lake and a rhino. Rocky tells Lorn that it will take a while to save Marven.

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REVIEW: Thirteen Rising

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While on the plane to our honeymoon, I took the time to do something that I haven’t done in a long time: read a book. Between work, wedding planning, D&D, and binge watching White Collar and Criminal Minds, there was simply no free time to get lost in some well written fiction.

So, I picked up Thirteen Rising off my bookshelf and let myself finish a saga I had started many years ago.

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell is the last book in the Zodiac series, which follows Rho Grace – a Cancrian living in the Zodiac star system, after she sees a prophecy of destruction from Ophiuchus. Suddenly, her planet is attacked, and she is thrust into a position of power and expected to lead an army – all while dealing with her teenage romance. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I’d like to write up a brief review of what I thought as I concluded this epic interstellar dystopian novel.

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LIFE: We Got Hitched!

It finally happened! Eddie and I got married today, and we are both exhausted from a long day. There’s a lot to process, from the moment I woke up and got ready with my girls, to the first look at the park with Eddie, to our wedding vows, to the night of dancing.

While it wasn’t a perfect day (the groomsmen boutonnieres went missing, I forgot my veil at home, and the clasp on my dress broke since it was taken in too tightly), overall I think it was the best party and wedding we’ve ever been to. And I’m not saying that because it was my wedding, but because our vendors were phenomenal. The food and cake were amazing, and I’m sad I wasn’t able to eat more (I also forgot to take some home for later.) As soon as the formal dances were finished, the dance floor was never empty as our DJ played the perfect songs. The photo booth was a huge hit as well! While I wasn’t able to say hello to everyone in person, I felt like everyone had a good time.

Now Eddie and I lay in bed, eating leftover KFC and thankful to be out of our shoes. We have cards to read, gifts to open, and bags to pack for the honeymoon. But all of that can wait as we settle into our new life together.

Thank you to Mike Staff Productions, our lovely photographer and videographer, and Laura Smallridge, who provided our photobooth, for the lovely memories!

Wedding Video by Mike Staff Productions

STORY: The Body and Blood of Brothers

It’s been a while since I shared some writing. Here’s a piece of flash fiction that I had published in Oakland University’s Swallow the Moon 2015. Enjoy!

 

 

The wooden pews of St. Valerie were filled. Not a single seat was empty, which was a pleasant sight to see in a small suburban church. Sitting in the front row between proud parents was Zack. He was the same age as me, and we went to the same Elementary School. He rode on my bus, but we never sat near each other. I also went to Catechism with him on Mondays. Most of the time, he dressed like all the other boys. Today, he wasn’t wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers. Instead, he was dressed up really fancy, like me. 

He was wearing all black. His shoes were polished, and his suit was new: freshly ironed, crisp, and free from any dust. His hair was slicked back with gel and was as dark as his clothes. It reminded me of my half-brother, Eric, because that’s the only thing I really remembered about him, other than the fact that he and Dad both played guitar and liked music a lot.

The only thing that wasn’t black was his tie. It was pure white. It matched my dress, my Mary-Janes, and my veil. I looked like a bride, but I was far too young to be one. Seven year olds didn’t have to think about marriage or husbands.

However, this was a wedding of sorts. After all, I was about to marry myself to the church, to God, to Jesus. He gave his life for me, to save me from the sins I had yet to commit. Now it was my turn to give back.

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LIFE: Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

This weekend, Eddie and I had our bachelor and (2nd) bachelorette party. It’s our last hoorah before becoming husband and wife, and we made sure to spend it with important people in our lives.

If you recall, I had a bachelorette party with my friends and family last month where we went to Painting with a Twist, played games at my house, and opened up some adult gifts. However, I have a tradition with two of my closest friends (and Matron’s of Honor) where the three of us spend a day together. Brianna was the first to be spoiled, followed after by Nancy the next year. Now, another year later, it was my turn to have them treat me to a surprise day.

Instead of pole dancing lessons or a spa day, the girls decided to treat me to an evening in of movies, home made pizza, and suggestively shaped pancakes. We started off the evening opening up my gifts, which included some lingerie that Eddie had given his input on. He even showed up for a moment to give me gifts that he had purchased at Motor City Comic Con, including a signed autograph of Tom Welling from Lucifer (our favorite show – RIP), some Devilman Crybaby buttons, and a POP figure of Darkwing Duck, Kuzco, and Reptar.

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After he left, us girls made some phallic pizzas with pepperoni and pineapple – a combination I love and never knew they enjoyed either. We had our pizza and watched out traditional bachelorette movie – Magic Mike XXL. However, we had to pause to walk down to the local ice cream shop to get some dole whip. By that time, it was late and we went to bed, but we were sure to celebrate in the morning with some sprinkle pancakes.

In the meantime, Eddie was spending time with his groomsmen. The boys went out to a game-themed escape room and were able to escape with just a few minutes. Eddie told me that they wouldn’t have made it out in time if they hadn’t earned bonus time by solving puzzles in the lobby. He didn’t tell me much of the details, but from what it sounds like, they had a great time!

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Afterwards, they decided to go see Deadpool 2, then went back to the house to drink and hang out. The amount of alcohol we had in the fridge when I got home was astronomical, especially for someone who doesn’t drink. However, they were responsible and didn’t drink nearly enough to make a dent in what they brought.

Overall, it was a great way to celebrate the last few days of being “single” (at least on legal documents). Soon enough, we’ll become Mr. and Mrs. Bunch and I can’t wait!

LIFE: Meet Oxford!

A few weeks back, my friend’s father passed away. He left behind a five year old cat who desperately needed a home. Eddie and I offered to foster her until a home could be found – which ended up taking only a week. However, during that week, Eddie and I fell in love with having a pet in the house and were dying to have another.

Initially, we had made a promise to not look into adoption until after the wedding. We didn’t want to worry about having a cat-sitter during the honeymoon. But I couldn’t help myself from looking up pets on petfinder and finding the most precious kitten. We took the initiative to arrange a meeting and knew that he was the one.

Needless to say, we now have a new member in our household! Meet Oxford – named after the oxford comma, of course.

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He is an extremely rambunctious twelve week old kitten. All he wants to do all day is play with his hamburger, laser pointer, and feather. His favorite place in the house is underneath the rocking chair in the den, but he’s not afraid to leap up onto the bed or couch. He is very friendly and not at all shy, unlike my other two cats that live at my parents. I’m glad to know that I have a sociable and cuddly cat who will only grow more loving over the years.

The one thing I was only semi-prepared for was the amount of work it takes to care for him. He gets fed three times a day, constantly attacks our hands to play, and keeps us up all night wanting to cuddle. It’s like having a baby, but without the crying. However, I’m more than happy to get through the kitten phase if it means having a cat in our household for the next 20 years.

You can stay up to date on Oxford over at my Instagram.

D&D Session 28

It’s been a long time since we last played D&D, and it will be a long time until we play again (at least until after Eddie and I return from our honeymoon) so we wanted to squeeze in one last session. We finally faced the Ebonfire, and it was one hell of a fight!

SESSION 28

Players:

  • Ciaran (LVL17) and Basile (LVL19)
  • Lorn (LVL19)
  • Marven (LVL19)
  • Rhaegar (LVL 19)
  • Alkaid (LVL 19)
  • Neebs (LVL 18)
  • Kass (LVL 18)

The group continues toward Castle Ebonfire, and Lorn senses that something is going to be teleporting into their area. Lorn casts Magic Circle Against Evil and Bite of the Werebear. Neebs casts Cat’s Grace, while Basile activates his Fell Flight and Ciaran casts Protection Devotion to Ioun. Alkaid activates Displacement and Blur on her armor. Rheagar uses Lions Roar and Kass starts to sing to embolden the group. Marven prepares to use his Breath of Pendralar on the first enemy that appears.

  • Lorn additionally casts Rhino’s Rush and Deathward, and Rocky waits to charge into the first enemy that appears.
  • Neebs casts Haste.
  • Basile begins his Fiendish Resilience and Ciaran casts Cunning Insight.
  • Suddenly, three fiendish creatures with scarlet skin and gray wings appear around the group. Rocky charges immediately, and Marven unleashes his breath on another one. However, they are immune to the acid breath.
  • The creatures start swinging with their great swords at Marven, Rheagar, and Neebs’ raptor – Torrin. Rhaegar is able to counter attack one of the swings, but is still hit twice as the creature is surrounded in a yellow shield. Marven only gets hit twice, and the creature fighting him also gets a yellow shield. As Torrin starts to be attacked, Lorn casts Solarity to create a Wall of Force to protect him. He then releases his Heart of the Unicorn and teleports 300 feet away from the battle. In response, the creature casts Greater Dispel Magic to try and get rid of the Wall of Force but fails. It changes its mind and starts to smack at Alkaid, shielding itself in a white glow. Due to her blur and displacement she is only hit twice. Two of the creatures then quicken a Wall of Force to stop Rocky and an Area of Greater Dispel Magic on Rhaegar.
  • Alkaid moves to get on top of Xylander, then shoots off nine arrows and makes a critical. Lorn casts Instant Power several times to help Alkaid hit more. The arrows slice through and shoots off their wings and wings as they die. Xylander then dashes away with Alkaid.
  • Rhaegar begins hacking away at the creature in front of him.
  • Marven uses his Great Maw of Marven to steal one of the creature’s supernatural abilities. However, it doesn’t seem to work. Instead he drinks a Cure Serious Wounds potion. The creature swings at him again.
  • Kass uses his Scream Bow to shoot, but misses.
  • Lorn casts Reaving Dispel, getting rid of the Wall of Force to allow Rocky to attack. He shoulders his spikes into the creature and rips it apart as it sizzles and boils. Lorn then looks at the last one and says, “We don’t have to be enemies! We can make a deal.”
  • Neebs recognizes the creatures as a Concordant Killers, neither holy or fiendish creatures. He fires off twelve arrows to deal 500+ damage to trip him with Bigby’s Tripping Hand. Instead he just dies because he only had 4HP left.

Lorn makes a big bowl of soup to feed Alkaid and Marven to heal them, and pokes Rhaegar with his wand. As everyone recovers, Lorn stores Splinter Bolt into Rocky’s horn and Rhaegar’s sword. Alkaid summons a cow for Marven to cook to feed to Torrin. They then continue to make their way through the swamp.

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