Tales of the Bloodstone Lands

Plugging the Dark Elves' Hole

Mirtul 21, Year of Rogue Dragons
The Magnificent Seven rouse themselves from the brief rest they took after battling through the main drow host holding this “Temple” piece of the Abyssal ruin know as Slaughtergarde

It appears Magus Tai has divined some way of manipulating the demonic arches with the flames and purple mist barriers dividing the complex…

We continue to explore into a corner of the complex infested with nightmarish spider like creatures culminating with full fledged driders of which I have only heard of in myths of the Underdark… The beast’s lair is the main shrine to this Abyssal Prince Mu-Tahn Laa… It is somewhat comforting to see the visage of the defeated monstrosity that attempted to destroy the world you love and know. Reassurance that the trials ahead can be victorious!

During the recovery from the battles against the arachnid foes, the complex shakes and twists as if a minor earthquake hits it. The band sets out to clear the other chambers in the complex… Giving the elemental guardians a wide berth… A section of the complex containing natural chimneys contain the lairs of yetis and giant bats but our strength of steel and spell easily defeats the beasts…

Plunging deeper into the complex we come across the remaining drow forces… Some male warriors and arcanists with some wererat mercenary scum… Luckily we were able to fight each group separately… but by the end of fighting with this rearguard of the drow host our group is spent of strength, spellpower, and endurance… To our good cheer we find evidence that the drow priestesses collapsed their tunnel from the Underdark to cover their retreat…

Selecting a highly defensible spot to rest, Magus Tai erects a magical dome to provide security while we take turns resting and recovering our strengths…

Mirtul 22, Year of Rogue Dragons
Hardy and hale after a good rest we plan a intricate attack on the magma elementals… As soon as the first arrow flies my companions throw away the plan and surprisingly it wasn’t Jinx or Reed it was Ulfgar, strange indeed… The elementals could not withstand our full strength power and they were defeated… Exploring the areas beyond them yielded a room of angry restless spectral undead spirits that we defeat and hopefully set to peace… And lastly we find It….

It is a portal to the Abyss… Frozen in place like an image in a mirror stepping out of it and into the world were several demons stuck out of time and dimension… My divine senses ringing like an alarm I felt like I was underneath a rock slide frozen above me waiting for it to fall… Magus Tai issues a magic assault of thunder to shatter the glass like portal and for an instance the connection to the Abyss springs to life and the sounds, sights, and smells of that abyssal landscape fills the chamber and the demons in the portal fall through into our world while the portal’s glassy gate shatter to a thousand pieces…

Our company and the Demons clash… I channel the divine might of the Foehammer and smite blow after blow… All my companions give their all and after a mighty battle we stand triumphant…

Recovered from the bloodletting battle with the fiends we explore the last bits of the complex… The last enemy is some sort of clockwork construct possessed by some Devilish Fiend… Swarms of animated clockwork beetles issue out from it and lay waste… Our blows killed a few each swing but what good was that against the magnitude of the swarm… Luckily main construct was vulnerable to sword blows and the radiant anger of Tempus channeled trough me… Eventually the constructs fall and we discover the room it inhabits is some type of scrying room that observes other parts of Slaughtergarde

Two dark visages are evident but one has an image… An image of a construct that my companions know… They met this “pentadrone” in an earlier piece of Slaughterguarde… It is polite but condescending and my tact takes control of my pride during the conversation…

The Slaughtergarde Temple is secured… We spend the rest of the day exploring the nooks and crannies looking for hidden rooms and cataloging the treasure we take…

Deciding to spend the night before leaving we set camp… We notice something observing us from the hills around… We send our scout supreme Jinx out into the wild to find out what’s out there… Returning he thinks it’s a disguised human… We send him and Tai out stealthily then I approach the stranger’s position and demand the surrender… Well surprisingly he gets the drop on Tai but fails in his tackle and ends up falling down the ridge laying prone at my feet…

Putting my armored boot firmly on its chest to hold it in place, I looked down to see a human primarily clad in a dated Damaran uniform repaired with various what I assume to be Underdark clothing with dark soot and charcoal rubbed on exposed skin… a clever camouflage for the Underdark…

I say, “we can do this the easy way or the hard way. What say you stranger?”
And so the interrogation begins….

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