West Marches

"Portal Leads to Cranky Wizard in Shadowfell" (4000 xp)

Ehlonna’s in a dark void with blobby shapes and her evil sword. The evil sword wants her to destroy the sun sword. Quill fails to torture the Rakshasa’s true name out of the fallen angel, so lets her go; she doesn’t want to have to deal with the angel at the same time as Graazt.

Ehlonna gathers the group to go to the Darkwood to look for the place to do the ritual the sword wants her to do. We find a Netherese-ish ruin. Quill spies upon the place magically, and sees lizardmen searching the place. We don’ think lizardmen can see in the dark, so we wait until nightfall. Ehlonna and Cullen sneak to the campsite to see if the lizardmen are asleep.

After scouting the place out, Quill decides to go full Scooby-Doo villain and pretend to be the voice of an unseen god to scare them all off. That doesn’t work, because they summon their lord, a dragon. We kill the black dragon; Cullen deals the finishing blows. Cullen gets some dragon hide; Bodhi cooks some dragon meat.

We break into the vault, which turns out to be a crypt. Quill activates a portal. Ehlonna, Bodhi, and Riverthorn go through it to a room with stairs going up outside. A friendly-sounding voice expresses surprise at the portal still working. Abernathy doesn’t want to piss off Black Mattie or her sister(s), but he’s willing to help Ehlonna in exchange for some of her life force.

After helping Ehlonna destroy the sunblade, the black blade appears and theoretically gives her more power. Then Abernathy tells his armored guys to kill us. We make it past them and return through the portal. Bodhi la


  • Enough black dragon hide for a medium or light suit of armor (Cullen)
  • 100 gp amber gem
  • (2) 100 gp amythyst
  • (2) 100 gp carved coral
  • 100 gp garnet
  • (2) 100 gp jet
  • 100 gp pearl
  • (20) +2 arrows
  • 700 cp
  • 7000 sp
  • 3500 gp
  • 120 pp
  • Glaive – haft is staff of binding – use wand of binding stats
  • Second Chance Stone – requires attunement and embedding into chest – absorbs 1 hit die (largest type if multiclass) – once per long rest, will take you to 1 HP if you drop to 0
  • Darkblade – sunblade with dimness instead of light (Ehlonna)

Player Characters

Underdark Adventures (

We head to the fungi cavern looking for the rakshasa. We’re not sure where he and his lover live, so we look for the myconid village to ask the locals about the pair of them. We meet Clarissa, a friendly gnomish spore druid who attended the same university as Jasper. She gives us a copy of her research notes and asks us to take it to the university; we’re also allowed to make as many copies as we’d like. She guides us close to the rakshasa’s cavern, warns us of traps at the entrance, and leaves with Motte and our pack lizards.

We manage to take down the rakshasa and his fallen angel lover. Quill gets the command word for the cage, and lets the drow priestess out. She books it.

Vampire Invasion, Part II (3500 xp)
Into the Underdark?

Quill explained the situation with the Demon Champion Quickening.

We gather our things to head into the Underdark after the vampire lord that caused the town problems. We’re given all the healing potions in town and loaned the Baron’s Rope of Mending.

We go to the “dwarven” town. Lagran bargains for riding lizards and fancy mushrooms. Kirk gets his pocket picked, but catches the gnome who did it. Said gnome claimed to work for House Elviers. A local guard recommends we get a drink at the Emerald Nugget.

The actual champion, stuck in the cage, tells us a few things:

  1. Orcus has split his mark between a vampire and a lich.
  2. Orcus has taken the drow city to the south. Demogorgon will probably take care of that eventually, but it will probably take years.
  3. Demogorgon has been switching his mark from one baddie to another.
  4. The Rakshasa we fought serves the champion of Orcus. Its base was in a fungi cavern.
  5. Grazzt has a court set up.


  • Silver container of tobacco
  • Bottle of fortified wine
  • Fancy “bird” cage demon prison
Vampire Invasion, Part I (5000 xp)

We can’t figure out who should take the Hand of Vecna, but that’s ok, because cultists steal it. Oops.

We’re celebrating our official charter at the Copper Ram when Tranquility doubles over in pain as her mark goes visible and starts to smoke. Then swarms of rats and bats attack patrons in the common room. Then a couple of vampires show up. The feral one is ganked, but the master vampire (originally a half elf with a great sword), turns to mist and flies off in the direction of the ruined keep.

We head to the keep to find and kill it, learning that the squatters in that area are being attacked in the process. At the keep, we find a handful of vampire spawn in front of the gate to the Underdark that the baron has been renovating. We’re attacking them when a drow vampire drops fire on us. We end up taking out four spawn, but two spawn by the gate and the drow half-elf escape. Kirk opens the door that the baron put in to barricade the tunnel into the underdark, and we find the contingent of the baron’s men that was guarding the tunnel has been slaughtered.

We send words to the town so that the clerics can keep the slaughtered soldiers from becoming vampires themselves.

Quill gets a message from the demon that marked her that Orcus is trying to kill him. He apologizes for the inconvenience.

The town will provision us for an expedition into the Underdark. The Spider Druid of Mt. Rusk gives us the teleportation sigil for a dwarven town in the Underdark.

Player Characters

Ulster Conclave, Part II (4800 xp)

We open on Anne’s goodwill trip to the hospital. Riverthorn, Lark, and Kirk are with her; Ehlonna and Jasper are heading that way.

Lagran stays with Girard’s party, but they also head towards the burned ward. Lagran notices that Kestrel is nervous, so she chats the girl up to find out why. Kestrel tries to pass it off as a mere dislike for politics… badly. Girard tells his party to hurry up and takes them on an intercept course for Anne’s route. Lagran drops the pretense and asks Girard what’s up; he admits that he has reason to believe that Anne will be attacked and wants to be the one to save the day.

Ehlonna catches up with Anne’s group just in time to see a bunch of thugs attempt an ambush. There were two groups of thugs, and a wizard somewhere. The first group of thugs was dispatched within seconds. Lagran hit the second group (and Ehlonna) with a confuse spell.

We murder three groups of bandits, take down the fanatical spell-slinger that led them, and Girard’s group teleports the princess out of there without either Lagran or his half-orc buddy. The half-orc admits that Girard’s intention was to abduct the princess back to his own lands to “convince” her to marry him. Before the Vecna symbol incinerates the caster, she lets slip that her intention was not to kill the princess. Girard must be working with the Vecnoids.

(Previously, Girard had gone into hell for some paladin mission or another; he came back changed.)

While we rest and find a mage to take us to Girard’s lands, the half-orc says that he blames Girard’s confessor for the plan; apparently after the priest healed his missing hand, Girard’s personality changed. The priest and squire are definitely baddies. Kestrel and the other one probably aren’t. Girard is probably a baddy, but might be okay after we kill the priest. The carcosan ambassador loans us her indentured mage, because they had given Girard documents which produce a Ceremony ritual that can be cast on an unwilling person.

We teleport, and unfortunately Girard’s company has active brain cells; there’s a cage around the circle and a bunch of guys hidden in the unhallowed Netherese temple nearby. The guards open fire. Kirk blows the cage out with his Ring of the Ram.

The Hand of Vecna turned Girard evil. He tried to kill Anne after Ehlonna killed the priest, but hit Kestrel instead. This drove him nuts, and he felled Jasper. He was killed shortly after.

Anne was crowned queen. The half-orc and Kestrel got leniency (though the half-orc has to turn himself in to get it). The rest of Girard’s former retinue has been declared outlaw.


  • Hand of Vecna
  • 1200 gp
  • Sunblade (Ehlonna)
  • Javelin of lightning (Kirk)
  • Goggles of the Night (Kaimi, via Lagran)
  • Amulet of Nondetection (Lark)
  • Adamant Breastplate (Ehlonna)
  • Staff of Withering, intelligent, devoted to Vecna (destroyed)
  • Great Axe of Giant Killing (Kirk)
  • Royal Charter making our adventuring company a guild (also maybe land)
Ulster Conclave, Part I
Long live the future queen.

We recieve a letter from someone who wants us to keep a woman from getting beheaded. This might be the princess (and potential future queen), but I can’t be sure because someone was rattling dice while Dave was talking. I also don’t know who sent the letter. If someone else could modify this section to clarify, I would appreciate it. Also, please stop rattling dice while the GM’s talking, especially if the GM is Dave. His voice is too damned quiet as it is. I really cannot make out what anyone’s saying if there’s a lot of extraneous noise.

Ok, it turns out Dave was good and put the letter on the forums. I was right. Thank you for that, Dave.

Lord Astrella purchased a boat passage for us to get to Ulster in a reasonable amount of time. One night, the barge runs aground due to bandits (they summoned a water elemental to push the barge). They bandits ask us to give them our stuff. The bandits are not very smart. Most of them, however, are smarter than their leaders, because they ran away. We murdered their caster (whose master destroyed his body), but left their captain alive to face justice.

Lagran heals a bunch of the crew, so we only lose a couple of people, but the barge needs repairs before we can go underway. The warlock was carrying, among other things, a sending stone. The captain, once he wakes up, says that the caster had hired his group. The caster followed the Silent Chorus, a cult devoted to Vecna.

After the repairs, we make our way to Cyr Durant, the capital of Ulster, which is in a staggering amount of disarray given that the War was 30 years ago. The castle, however, still has its defenses against teleportation and flying magic intact.

We have a large ball where the group tries to raise Anne and demote Percival in the eyes of the nobles.

The next day, Ehlonna makes contact with the underworld to get their support for Anne. There’s a gnomish clockmaker in Cyr Durant who is highly regarded by the local underworld. Jasper talks to the Carcosan delegation to see who they’re for. He fails in that, but finds out that the ambassador is looking for Vecna cultists/artifacts; she’s part of an order that destroys Vecna’s organs when they pop up. Lagran hooks up with Girard’s group to find out where they stand, and maybe influence Girard towards being one of Anne’s advisors.

We stop with Anne about to make a goodwill gesture at a hospital for the poor in the burned ward.


  • 100 gp each
  • 500 gp
  • Dagger +1
  • Sending Stone
  • 25 gp
  • 100 gp
  • 200 gp (reward for the bandit captain)


City of Brass (3500 xp)

The group decides to table the fey invitations until later.

In the meantime, Ibn Ammar, a Marid, asks to hire us to collect a debt in the City of Brass. He is not allowed to commit violence within the City; we are under no such restrictions. He is offering 250 gp up front, 250 upon completion, 50 gp a day, and transportation to and from the City.

It turns out that this is more a case of stealing back items that were previously stolen. The thief is a former adventurer by the name of Arioch. He wants us to loot Arioch’s place, give him the items in question, and take the rest for ourselves.

Regarding the City: The only legal punishment is slavery. The efreet are in charge of the City. Ibn Ammar offers rings that marks the wearer as property of his house. The terms of the contract specify that the slavery lasts for three days or until the wearer returns to the Prime Material and is non-transferable. Kirk accepts a ring. Jasper, Lagran, and Riverthorn do not. Riverthorn finds a potion of fire resistance, and Jasper and Quill get her a protection from energy spell in her book.

While we’re preparing, an invisible stalker attacks Jasper in his apartment. Jasper decides that Arioch sent the invisible stalker, so now wants to kill him. (N.B. It was actually sent by the wizard whose tower we crashed.)

Ibn Ammar brings us to the City of Brass and sets us up in the Hanged Man, an inn catering to mortal visitors. While he tracks Arioch down, Jasper and Quill head to the Academy of Magic, while Lagran, Riverthorn, and Kirk go shopping. Jasper looks up information on Minas Solas. Quill scribes a spell into her book and looks up information on creating a mage blade for Jasper.

The next day, we head to a slaad bar to ask a grey slaad for Arioch’s location. Lagran negotiates a contract to replace Arioch with her House as Gray’s employer. Gray tells us that Arioch is holed up in his ship, Her Great Ass, in the docks.

While we’ve been doing that, githyanki and illithid armadas have been massing around the docks. The efreet military is out in force to respond if needed.

We find Arioch’s ship and Kirk and Jasper head straight into the fray with his forces. We take down the blue slaad, although the efreet is trouble. Jasper heads into a cabin, where he thinks Ariock is an efreet dead drunk on the bed. Unfortunately, Arioch turns out to be the invisible death slaad hanging out in the room.

It’s difficult, but we defeat Arioch. Jasper and Ibn Ammar find what we were seeking: the fates of ten exceptional mortals. Jasper meets an intelligent great sword that wants to hunt illithid.


  • 1300 gp worth of treasure
  • Magic lamps, 8
  • Magic stone, periapt vs. poison
  • Silver greatsword +1, intelligent, goes by “Savage,” adds 1d6 psychic damage & provides resistance to psychic, detect thoughts 3/day.

Dramatis Personae

Astobar's Manor House, Part 2 (1050 xp)

We open back in the kitchen with perception rolls. Merric notices something shiny at Cade’s feet. It’s a ring. We decide to hold off on detecting magic until we’ve finished clearing out the manor house. Fox finds some stairs going up. We decide to rest up a little bit. During the rest, we hear a clock chiming twelve times. Merric opens the door and sees that it’s pitch black out.

We go up the front stairs. Merric blows paintings off the wall with a gust, which seems to amuse the poltergeists in the house; they giggle.

The turning blue effect doesn’t affect the skull Mercy’s carrying around. We find the wizard’s mistress’s bedroom, which has a mind-reading bed. In another bedroom, Merric and Keevah touch a chest and shrink to around six inches high, after which they are attacked by a centipede. In the meantime, Mercy tries to get a date by writhing on the bed. It fails.

We all end up shrinking in the shrink room and grow back to our normal size in the hallway. We manage to finagle the chest out of there with a rope and find a box and another skull. Cade picks the lock on the box and finds gold. We keep the skull, because we’re collecting them.

Selka opens the library and starts looking around. Merric finds a dagger in a desk, while Mercy steals some plate armor. Keevah starts wandering back to the butterfly room. She is joined by Merric and Cade. One of the living butterflies lands on Keevah’s finger. It gets bigger, and the butterflies on the wall start flapping their wings and fly around. Keevah heads back to the hallway, but one of the butterflies grows to four feet in wingspan before she leaves.

Cade picks the locks on the drawers and finds the pouch, magnifier, and another skull. Mercy asks the candelabra to light, and it does. Mercy heads into a closet, finds nothing of interest, and turns invisible.

We find a bathroom where it is raining inside and a couple of large frogs attack Merric. Mercy (still invisible) opens a door and finds another bedroom. Keevah talks the frogs into handing over a soggy pouch and another skull.

There’s a trap door in the master bedroom’s ceiling. We head up to find a perfectly preserved dead woman in leather armor clutching the last skull. There was another room up there full of random stuff, with another door (with a crescent moon on it) at the end. We decide to do the skull thing. On the way back, someone notices a secret door in the master bedroom, which leads to a pile of little gems.

We head back to the skull room and put the skulls on the skeletons. It turns a painting of the new moon into a portal leading into an area of darkness. This does not open the door, but the key in the darkness does. The darkness also makes Mercy visible again.

Before we open the crescent moon door, an imp yells “no, don’t let the master out!” and attacks. We kill it.

We open the door and head into a study. Merric goes further into the room and disappears, becoming invisible and incorporeal, where he sees a zombie wizard. Keevah heads into the same area and joins them in the invisible/incorporeal club, where she smacks the zombie in the nose before it bites Merric. Then Mercy ends up there and blows the wizard up.

Character Roster


  • Ring of protection +1 (Mercy)
  • A shimmery blue bottle – potion of mage armor (Keevah)
  • A steel bottle – potion of magic weapon (Merric)
  • Silver hand mirror (50 gp), comb (25 gp), and scissors (30 gp)
  • Metal box
  • 100 gp
  • Silver dagger (Merric)
  • Silver long sword
  • Plate mail (Mercy)
  • Pouch with 50 gp
  • Magnifying Glass, comprehend languages 1/day, written text only
  • Spellbook, all level 1-3 transmutation spells (Foxfire)
  • Soggy pouch (28 sp, 12 gp)
  • Glowy hot sphere, softball size
  • Key (found in master bedroom)
  • 30 gems worth 1 gp each (Mercy)
  • 500 sp, 250 gp
  • 4 potions (2 potions of healing, lesser restoration, dark vision – Merric)
  • 4 scrolls (Protection from good & evil, feather fall, scorching ray, burning hands)
  • Silver key (75 gp)
  • 200 gp
  • +1 dagger
  • Unicorn horn wand
  • Wand of wonder, depleted, can be used as arcane focus (Merric)
  • 180 gp (pay – Adventurer’s Guild cut)
  • Magic candelabra
Astobar's Manor House, Part I (300 XP)

We’re hanging out in the Zheimbai Adventurer’s Guild socializing and having fun. “Cade” is flirting with Fox. A job is brought to our attention; something is occupying a recently-purchased manor house and the nouveau-riche hotshot who bought it wants it cleared out before their family moves in. Cade knows it as a local haunted house that scares all the neighborhood kids out by the Avenue of the Brazen Whores. Mary heard it was a mage’s house around 20 years ago, but the mage disappeared.

We gathered our stuff and make our ways to the realtor’s office. The clerk brings in Kenneth, a greybeard dwarf. He says the last group going in didn’t come back, but that was over two months ago. This thing has changed hands around 50 times in the last decade, because rich people don’t do their homework. Mercy asks for an inventory so we know what belongs to the manor house.

The place looks abandoned. The grass is as tall as the wall around the property. There are runes burned into the front door. A large black rhinoceros comes out of the tall grass. Foxfire notices a baby rhino in the grass as well. We avoid the fight by heading into the house. There’s a knocking sound from one of the doors. We open it (with some difficulty) and find a skull with the symbol for the waxing crescent moon carved on its forehead.

The sitting room has fancy furniture and a decanter of glowing violet liquid. A drop of it makes Merric glow for around a minute, so he drinks a glass of it. We wander through the house, finding another skull. When we find the dining room, we find the skeletons that the skulls belonged to. We keep exploring to find the rest of the skulls. We find a room with some statues of rats. They turn Keevah into a statue when they animate. It turns out that that room wants to turn people to and from stone every 12 seconds.

The next room has a clear bell jar with a shiny rock and some butterflies in the middle and lots of butterflies on the walls. Then we find a pantry with apples that make people change color,equipment and all. Merric and Mercy are now blue. Cade ends up in a fight with a doppleganger in a pantry. We end up with two Cades. Fortunately, only the real one can cast spells. The fake asks to just leave. Cade’s ok with letting him go, so he runs for it.

Character Roster

Wizard's Tower and Elven City (6000 xp)

We’re in a tower. There are magic circles moving around the floor and some doors. There are some drow. Jasper tries to open the door to the drow, but it’s locked. Kirk knocks on the door. Somehow we end up in a fight against the drow. There were invisible priestesses and oni running around causing trouble.

Jasper teleports us to a room with an acid pit and a bunch of elementals. We kill them, but they chew through us. We end up leaving the tower.

After that, we rest up and head to an ancient elven ruin covered in a faint magical barrier. Kirk refrains from licking it. The night we’re camping, a chariot bathed in moonlight comes riding from the direction of the elven city. The fey from the chariot says that Jasper’s blood is connected to the place, but it’s barred for a reason. She gives Jasper a bush that produces goodberries.

When we’re heading back to camp, we’re attacked by drow and a demon.

On the way back, the dryad asks Kirk for another night. He goes for it. So does Cullen.

Our non-dragonborn friends are waiting for us in Mund. They pay us.


  • 14000 gp
  • 1890 pp
  • (3) 250 gp art pieces
  • Tentacle Rod
  • Rod of Lordly Might
  • Ring of the Ram
  • Ring of Spell Storing

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