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Idol of the Orcs, Session #5

This session lasted from 3:30 pm to 6:40 pm.


Clockwise round the table, starting with the Labyrinth Lord:

  • T.A. — Labyrinth Lord

  • M.A.

    • Gustavio, a male Gnome Magic User. HP 4, AC 5. (green lego base)

    • Karl, a male Dwarf. HP 4, AC 6. (yellow lego base)

  • T.K.B.

    • Orm, a human Cleric of Thor. HP 5, AC 3. (red lego base)

    • Skeggi, a human Cleric of Vidar. HP 6, AC 4 (3 with shield). (blue lego base)

    • Also played L.B.'s Avarey, a male Half-Elf Cleric. (light green lego base)

  • E.A.

    • Semiriah, an Elf Ranger. HP 3, AC 5 (4 with shield). (sparkly pink lego base)

    • Maury, a human Thief. HP 5, AC 6. (tan lego base)

    • Also played L.B.'s Sallee Marie, a female Halfing Fighter. (light blue lego base)

Actual Play

Hirelings: Ragnar, Symna, Dwalin, Zenith (has chain mail), Roger, Gloin.

Orm & Semiriah break in the last door on the first level, barricade gives way and 4 orcs are surprised. Common area. Stuffed manticore head (no teeth, must have died of old age). 550 gp worth of silverware. Tapestries 4×100 gp. Maury sticks here hand down the manticore throat. We found the mom and child orcs in a sleeping room. Escorted out, threatened them with death.

Tribe of the hidden dagger.

Ngarsh held feast, Idol spoke and demanded something to eat. Ngarsh gave Ido sacrifices — left food at feet of Idol. 2 small rooms off sleeping chamber, one with door and the other without. 2 elves and halfling. Boxes of edibles, decomposing. Keys from Ngarsh check for traps then use them. Room with door has three chests! Treasury! Too heavy to move with 10' pole. Opened middle chest (#2) - 2 spring loaded daggers were released, but missed since Maury opened the chest with short sword. 1500 sp and small statue worth 500 gp — the orc god of fire. He has three hands, one holding a hammer, one a sword, and one, in the center of his chest, holds a ball of fire. Chest #1, on left, 2300 cp. Chest #3: Locked. 15 gems: 5×100 gp, 7×150 gp, 3×250 gp, two healing potions, three potions of speed, 1 gaseous form potion. Went back to town and sold stuff.

The +1 longsword went to Sallee Marie. The +1 shield to Semiriah.

We got 638 XP! We already had 219 XP, so the total for each of us is 857 XP, not counting any personal XP bonus..

2556 ÷ 8 = 319.5 from this adventure.

We pay the six hirelings each 5⅓ gp; that's 4 gp from each PC.

We returned to the room with the hollow idol. Enter through the Eyes (it's a squeeze for larger folks), down to the sitting room in the chest, and then down the ladder, Semiriah and Gustavio first.

We find Talen Zyn, who wears robes without any armor or weapons. He's been living here and tricking the orcs into giving him food. He heads back to civilization on hearing that we've cleared the upper caves. We search and find a secret door.

Trophy room, missing the trophies, but having pale ghostly forms where they were. Black Bear materializes when we stayed too long. Avery took 2 points of damage and we retreated. Other ghostly trophies were starting to materialize, too.

Followed other passageway, several rooms, find stairs down, but the room beyond had a wight. Skeggi got initiative, recognized it as a wight, and we all fled! All the way back to town.

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