Friday, April 22, 2011

The Final Days of Farwood - The Paths of the Dead - The Bridges

The following is a partial account of the party's adventures during the Final Days of Farwood.

...when last we left the party...

After the battle in the Fingers the Party back-tracked through the cold twisted passages of the Paths of the Dead.  They continued on across crumbling stretches of ruined and decaying stonework, through corridor after tortuous corridor.  When they encountered another fork in the Paths, a brief search revealed a riddle scratched into the wall...in an old, vulgar tongue:

"When I was young, I was black as night,
Now I am older, and clear as light.
Enhancing beauty, a woman's pleasure,
A bold thief's prize,  priceless treasure."

Silas Crowe took one look at the rough riddle and solved it without a moment's hesitation. "Brandy."  While the rest of the Party agreed in principle, an answer of "Diamonds" also seemed to fit.  Soon after solving the riddle, Idria, a Deva Avenger, noticed a small line of glass inset into one the wall of one of the corridors leading away from the fork.  The Party followed, and found another, similar trail at the next fork.  Soon they found themselves in a grand and ancient chamber.  The floor of the great chamber had fallen away in most places.  All that remained where a few stone platforms connected by the broken remains of stone bridges.  Fifty feet below, horrid floating abominations gathered around pools of brackish water.  While above...unknown to the party, death lay waiting.

On the first major platform the Party encountered a creature of the Far Realms, a Far Eidolon, a statuesque mindflayer hiding among the remains of an ancient hall.

Then there was a series of tricky jumps, followed by a battle with fearsome sickle wielding creatures.  The most dangerous villain of the Bridges, however, was the fifty foot drop to the dangers below.

The Bridges, Part 1 - Level 13 Encounter (4000)
Cloaker Ambusher, Level 12 Lurker XP 700
Cloaker Ambusher, Level 12 Lurker XP 700
Far Eidolon, Level 14 Elite Controller XP 2000
Beholder Spawn, Level 15 Minion Artillery XP 300
Beholder Spawn, Level 15 Minion Artillery XP 300 


The Bridges, Part 2 - Level 13 Encounter (4300)
Hazard 50' Fall, DC 20 XP 1000
Cloaker Ambusher, Level 12 Lurker XP 700
Foulspawn Berserker Thrall, Level 11 Soldier XP 600
Foulspawn Berserker Thrall, Level 11 Soldier XP 600
Foulspawn Chirurgeon, Level 12 Skirmisher XP 700
Foulspawn Chirurgeon, Level 12 Skirmisher XP 700
Beholder Spawn, Level 15 Minion Artillery XP 300


Cloakers on the Bridges

Corax is unconcerned with the fifty foot drop.

Idria teleports the enemy into empty air...and down he goes.

Silas drops the enemy to 1 HP, then takes a running jump...and falls fifty feet down.

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