Sunday, 16th of Plantin, Twilight
Ramahut, Olin, Lincoln, Zog, Eglath, Greebal
Coming out the other end, they find themselves on a smoky balcony with two flaming barrels of oil, and overlooking Baphomet’s temple. Below is an injured Marvelo, someone they take to be Thaphomet, some human priests a few hobgoblins. Zog immediately leaps over the balcony, with the rest quickly following. As Thaphomet rises and turns towards them, Ramahut is shocked to realize it is his brother Thane. Thaphomet is scorneful of Bane, stating that he is a weak God and Baphomet has shown him the true path to power. He is no longer Thane of Bane – he is now Thaphomet of Baphomet. He mocks Ramahut for still shilling for Bahamut and says that “Mother is very disappointed with you.”
Battle is joined! Our heroes find themselves facing Marvelo, Thaphomet, two Human Mages, four Hobgoblins and a Magma Beast in the fire pit.
Marvelo pulls out a small bag and slings it at Ramahut – he doges, but is just not quite fast enough and the bag explodes in a stick goo that pins him to the spot. Everyone else scatters to attack their chosen targets – scattering to the four winds.
Eglath quickly finds himself surrounded by the hobgoblins, but shows his might as a Warden and dispatches even more effectively than Pharphan would have.
Olin and Zog charge ahead and are quickly engaged by Thaphomet as Marvelo smears poison on his blade and looks for an opening.
Lincoln moves to get a clear line of sight and begins a long slog of taking down the Magma Beast.
From the far entrance through the smoke, Greebal appears – with Inritus’ handkerchief tied around his arm – and four hobgoblins in hot pursuit.
After taking a few heavy blows, the already injured Marvelo bolts behind a curtain and disappears.
Things are looking dicey until the last of the hobgoblins are taken down. While Lincoln and the Magma Beast continue to fire ranged attacks at each other, Zog, Ramahut and Greebal start working on Thaphomet and the mages. While they put up a good fight, they are ultimately doomed. Ramahut shows no remorse and he kills his brother.
Olin and Eglath take off in pursuit of Marvelo and find a room behind the curtain and a secret door with stairs that lead under Neverand Lanch – they take off in pursuit.
After finishing off the last resistance, Zog goes looking for loot and finds a chest packed full of gold and gems in Marvelo’s room. He immediately picks it up and begins carrying it around.
Heading down the stairs, they meet up with Eglath and Olin who are resting at room with two other exits. After a short rest to catch their breath, they find a trail of blood heading down the left passage. Following the trail they find it ends at a pair of brass doors. While debating how to open the door, Zog begins smashing it unsuccessfully, until Eglaths suggests just trying to see if its locked – which it’s not.
Upon opening the doors, they a met with a strange sight. There is a brightly lit room with Marvelo sitting at one end on a throne, and his playroom around him; complete with a miniature castle, mushroom garden, ‘pillow lounging’ area, and a pony.
… Oh and also a torture rack, several people manacled to the wall and an iron maiden. Along with four Dire Wolves and a big looking Hobgoblin.
Marvelo throws one of his sticky balls again – and once again Ramahut just missed dodging out of the way. Our heroes struggle against the wolves but once they finally get one down, everything else falls pretty quickly and Marvelo is finally finished.
They find a ton of loot in a sandbox in the middle of the mini castle and strip Marvelo of his boots and tongue.
Among the freed prisoners is Luusi, the Poortown wise-woman, Dracks, a friend of Greebal’s from their village, and in the iron maiden is non other then Benn. Obviously the slave revolt didn’t go too well…
End Time: Sunday, 16th of Plantin, twilight
Thaphomet – 1525 XP
Marvelo’s Playpen –1550 XP
Quest: Ending the Slaver Threat – 900 XP
Quest: Free the Poortown wise-woman Luusi – 300 XP
Total: 4275 XP
Per Player (6): 713 XP
Player Total: 3237 + 713 XP = 3950 XP