Breath of Zehir

Emerald Peak, Pt 1

During the ascent of Emerald Peak, the party was ambushed by medusas on Wyvern mounts and incapacitated. A rescue party of Freya, Helios, Meepo, and (someone who wasn’t at the previous session, I don’t remember who) saved them before they could be carted off to the Slithering Idol, an angel of Zehir with a mysterious purpose. The party tracked the yuan-ti and drakkoths to their cliffside lair and defeated the bone naga Queen Stheno, disciple of Ghuladon.

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Almost There

The next part of the adventure kept the party moving throughout the ruby peak compound. Coming across a long bridge over a lake of lava, the party continued forward to find a door that was password protected. Attempting to guess the password, the door swung open to permit entrance only to reveal a deadly trap. After disarming it, twice, the party continued on down the hallways and came across the massive vault that housed the many riches of the dragon before as well as another dragon shard. The vault door was tricky and also needed disarming but the group finally found their way heading back through the compound. Back on the bridge, they were attacked by fire and ice beholders as well as a steam elemental (sorry I forgot their real name, just that they were fire and ice).

Attempting to escape, Jett found himself separated from the party and thrown from the bridge. As a last ditch effort, he tossed the contents of his bag to the party’s newest Paladin ally, Gabriella Lightsworn. The party was able to get through the next door with the same difficulty as the previous. The steam elementals were far less fortunate and the trap took their lives. Upon leaving the compound, the beholders caught up with the party and attacked. After dispatching them, the party continued down the mountain to find the same fire primordial as before. He parted with a simple ring from his finger and allowed the party to continue on.

On the next mountain, the group faced two Roc’s which were furiously protecting their eggs, known to be worth a small fortune. After killing the birds, an egg was crushed in a struggle between Berrian and Bardryn. Two were left and claimed for the rest of the party. It was at this turning point that the party felt Bardrin was too violent to be trusted and left him behind. Continuing up the mountain, the group came across an abandoned ruin with markings in an old language. Upon reading it, they were attacked by the minions of the Baphomet’s cult. After defeating them, the party continued down into an uncovered maze which tested their skill and knowledge in four differently trapped rooms.

After getting through each and deftly navigating the maze, the party came across the tomb of an ancient evil and his wives. It came at a great difficulty but Tobias Young was able to get a fine chainsaw sword from the encounter. After leaving, pending a giant cave in, the party continued up the mountain again. This time, they came across very powerful people of a lake that laid just under the peak of the mountain. After much convincing, they agreed to help the party venture up and continue their fight with the giants of the mountain as well as a dragon that served as the dragon’s mount. The fourth dragon shard was found in the scepter of the giant and a fight ensued after trying to remove it. After killing all remaining enemies, the party found a hidden room with a very valuable chest. However, upon entering, the denizens of the room were woken and went into battle. They were defeated with some difficulty but the reward was well worth it. The party now continues it journey to the final peak and one step closer to the defeat of Ghuladonkaranamis.

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Onyx Peak

The party finished its trek up the Onyx peak only to find a tainted Fel God. Despite the power and ferocity that it was said to possess, the party had little trouble killing it with tactics that constantly kept it off balance and vunerable to attack. After it was dispatched, the team found a ruined giant’s gravesite. What little was left of it was easily removed to give way to a fully outfitted royal giant with plenty of riches to go around including one of the five dragon shards. With powers that would most benefit a sorceror and none around, the party journeyed back down the mountain. Coming across the Morass’s last known location, all that was found were three potions left as thanks for the parties deeds. Upon further descent, Freya described her interest in staying with Robbie Herriot to help him tend to his animals. She left two spirit companions to aid in the ascent of the next mountain and parted ways.

The party found the ruby peak to be even more treacherous than the first. Smoke and gas filled their lungs to the point where it made it difficult to climb for some. Despite this, they treked on only to run into a primordial speaking elemental. The party was ready to face his group as they had run into them in the dead of night but Jett was able to convince the elemental that they were there for same reason. Offering the party as unwilling sacrifices, the two groups parted ways on the knowledge that there were two beholders at the top along with an intense power. Making their way farther up the mountain, the group ran into a compound that seemed like an outpost against any further travel up. After dispatching of the many minions, the group stayed in the barracks to rest up and now continues to head further into the building.

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The Morass

After defeating Kharl, the party sets out to take down Ghuladon after hearing she was poisoning the nearby spring which provided water to the city. They set out on their newly acquired mounts and met their end when they confronted the dragon. A while after, they awake in Robert’s house with Goldbeard. He tells them how he has been told that this moment would come and that he would need to provide aid to the party. They receive an astral diamond to upgrade their gear and continue their trek up Tiamat’s Teeth with the knowledge that they have to collect the 5 dragon shards and the Amulet of Passage. With these, they would be able to defeat Ghuladon and Zehir.

Going up the river, the party meets intense resistance from the local flora and fauna. After a night’s sleep following a battle, the party awakes to find themselves surrounded by a thorn wall. Aranis phases through and meets one of 3 dryads who bring the party to meet the Morass. She explains the struggle against the tainted natural elements of the mountain and the party offers their aid. With this, the party ventures further up river to find two ettins, one alive with two hunting drakes, and the other dead with a group of enemies pillaging its corpse. As they near the top of the mountain, the party realizes the extent of the effect the following peaks have had on their environment.

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Davy Jones

After cleaning up the city and helping the local officials, the group gets a hint on a possible lead for Ghuladon. They head out to a bar to find their contact, Stavros Twotalon. They fight a few lurkers which seem to have followed them and gain a new ally, Bamwin. Twotalon agrees to bring them to a meeting with his master, the blue dragon Balnaratorrimar, in exchange for the dark skull of Naki. They reach the island and have an interesting conversation with Balnaratorrimar as they are the ones to tell him that his master and all other dragons at Tiamats Teeth have been removed. He heads out to check for himself and the group embarks on the mission to attack Davy Jones. The battles goes well but in the end, Davy Jones narrowly escapes.

Impressed by their efforts, Balnaratorrimar gives them a ring and tells them that Tiamats Teeth are protected by wards which prevent the dragon’s return. He tells them that if they can remove these wards, then he’ll be able to help against Ghuladon. The party sets out once again to the town of Orspring through the Vulcan river. Shortly after disembarking, they meet up with Professor Plum who agrees to make them passes into the city in return for not killing him. Meepo also makes an appearance as Plum’s apprentice. Once inside the city, the group finds that it is almost completely occupied by devils who hail to the dark god Asmodeus, though any mention of his name or other gods is forbidden. The group splits off multiple times to find transportation to Tiamat’s Teeth and Aranis and Jett meet with Kharl to attain a mount. The rest of the party meet with Robbie Herriot who runs the local animal shelter. Both are put off by each other and wish to have the other removed. After a few close run ins with the guards while the party decides who they want to eliminate, they find themselves at the entrance to Kharl’s black market, ready to take out the giant Neogi.

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Erathis Watch
December 7, 1410

The party leaves Martyr's Mount and heads back to Mogg. Tries to reveal a truth to Roger the Fletcher. Purchases a wagon with mules and makes its way to Erathis Watch. Performs "remove affliction" ritual on Brahm the Shining. Some party members deputized by Viceroy Simeon Watch.

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Ghulabrahm
December 6, 1410

The party finally met Ghuladonkaranamis after taking out some restrained zombies. She had taken over Brahm the Shining and had a heart to heart with Aranis before the battle began. All four unaccounted for paladins were there. Gabriel, Ian the Brave, Sterling the Just, and Brahm the Shining. Brahm the Shining proved quite difficult since he had a diffused damage aura to the other two dragonborn. All of which were vampiric resurrections of their former selves. Through much intensity, the party finally brought down the two and concentrated on Brahm the Shining. The party was planning to consecrate the area until Ghuladonkaranamis left his body and floated away to fight another day.

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Infodump
December 6, 1410

Three heroes squash some rats, can’t pronounce Otyugh, converse at length with a Galeb Duhr, and are nearly wiped out by a Mad Wraith.

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Lizard on a Stick
December 6, 1410

The party receives a note from Ghuladon, does some backtracking, allies with a fire genasi, encounters a choker, finds Roark the Merciful, and discovers the mad abbot’s fate.

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Last Rites
December 5, 1410

The party does not disturb some mushrooms, ignites a pair of mummies, defeats a rather large skeleton and a rather small elemental, and performs a religious ceremony.

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