The Mists of Pantea

April 10, 2017
I Get a Drow Mage Hostage for My Birthday

Dawn is the first to recover from the explosion, and is able to heal Loghren a bit while Taman readies a bow shot. While Dawn is unable to make out anyone, Taman spots a figure on the rooftop. He tries to communicate to the rest of the party, but notices that no one seems to be able to hear. Only Andraste and Loghren can see the figure in the darkness.

Loghren, by some miracle, lives, and heals himself pretty much back to full with little to no effort lucky…. He then takes cover beneath the roof the attacker is on. Andraste looses an arrow at the figure, but misses, then throws a Sanctuary Potion toward Loghren. Loghren, however, completely fails to notice the potion soaring toward him, and it slams into his face IT WAS THE DROW GUY NOT ME.

The attacker coats the area in thick webbing, but everyone manages to escape. Loghren scales the building the attacker is on. Taman and Dawn also scale the building, but Taman fails miserably and makes a ton of noise in the process i’m disappointed in your failure to stealth, taman. Meanwhile Andraste attempts to fire an ignited arrow, but to her surprise, it doesn’t light (she does hit the figure, however). She starts to climb the building closest to her.

Loghren, despite his lack of armor and usual weapons, tears into their attacker, severely hurting him. The section of roof under the man begins to glow, and the Drow disappears. He reappears on a roof a couple dozen feet away from the party, but Taman brings him down and the Drow crashes into the street below. He is near death, but Alex is able to stabilize him.

On his body, the party finds a rapier, a sigil of a spider bearing the Drow letter “M,” and a ring. Andraste finds his wand on the roof he was standing on. The party debate about what to do with the unconscious, bloody Drow, and end up taking him to the Frothy Mug.

Loghren and Andraste enter first to try and convince Kallor to let them keep the Drow in one of the spare rooms. He agrees to let them use one of the empty bedrooms, as long as they “keep it down.” Loghren shows his gratitude with gold, while ANdraste shows hers with her girlish charm.

The party bickers about what they should do with the Drow, and in the end they decide to trick him into giving up information. Andraste heals him, Dawn alarms the room, and the party rests for the night.

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March 20, 2017
Darkest Before the Dawn

A few hours after the hunt, the party moves into Loghren’s room so they can discuss the demon gorilla, as well as Taman’s kidnapping. Andraste reveals to the group that the gorilla was likely drow in origin, and it sounds similar to some of the legends she heard as a child. Taman describes how we was kidnapped, and who did it. Loghren, for the life of him, can’t seem to recall who Rot is, or how Rot is connected to his past. Andraste also tells the group that she was spotted by the bowyer she and Taman stole the Quiver of Ehlonna from, and he likely suspects her for stealing it. The group decides to hide the Quiver in the Hall of the Silver Lady.

Before they leave, Andraste lends Taman a set of very special daggers sentiment wise, at least and several arrows. Loghren and Alex snoop outside the door nosy much?.

As they head for the Hall of the Silver Lady, Andraste spots a thieves’ mark on a nearby building, and follows it alone while the others poorly attempt to look casual. Andraste enters a small garden-like area. There, she encounters a lone man, who warns her that the company she is keeping is attracting a lot of unwanted attention. Before he leaves, he also tells her that there may be something of interest to her by the waterside.

At the temple, Alex attempts to convince Sister Mary to hide the Quiver. Despite Sister Mary’s obvious distaste for Andraste wow. rude. I haven’t even robbed her yet, she agrees to stow the Quiver.

The group heads for the party at the castle is it a castle, or a palace??. On the castle grounds, Andraste spots a row of flowers that seem to emanate a magical aura, a nearby building seems to emanate a similar aura. Inside, the party reluctantly hands over their weapons (save for their daggers).

They take a boat (??) deeper into the palace, and eventually wind up in a grand hall of sorts. As the party is sitting and enjoying the feast, a woman sits next to Loghren and introduces herself as Dawn. As they’re making friendly chatter, an elven man grabs Taman’s attention.

The man introduces himself as Envoy Falondin La’Thom, and claims he works with Taman’s father. According to Falondin, Taman’s father never had children after Taman, as he couldn’t handle the guilt. Falondin agrees to send a message to Taman’s father, and also offers to help in any way he can just wanna say this is suspicious as hell.

Meanwhile Alex and Cathna move the dance floor. Alex is absolutely terrible at dancing, but Cathna probably doesn’t mind. Loghren leaves the group to speak with Droba, leaving Andraste, Taman, and Dawn at the table. Taman pulls out the glaive blade they got from the gnolls in the Red Thicket and asks Andraste to present it to Clovis . Remembering what happened during the Hunt, she politely refuses. Dawn, after some convincing, agrees to present it to him. Afterward, Andraste asks Taman to dance, and they’re also terrible at it i’m starting to think the Red Knot just can’t dance.

King Graewyn soon stops the music, and asks everyone not involved in the Hunt to leave (excluding Dawn, or course). After everyone leaves, Dawn steps forward and shares that Rasdralith (??) is returning. Most, however, seem to dismiss her claim. Taman backs her up, and presents Hamas’s pauldron and the story of the wyvern as proof of the dragons’ return. The two princes, Aeron and Aedin, bicker about what should be done about the dragons. Loghren also tells of his fight with drow demon gorilla, and its drow origins.

Soon after, everyone who doesn’t have a lunarglyph, save for Paito-Maito and Dawn, are told to leave, forcing Andraste and Taman to finally reveal their glyphs we would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kings. After everyone leaves, the party tells the king of Hamas’s missive, and the drow attacks along the King’s Road. Loghren also presents his spear should i rewrite that sentence…? nahhh, which will be studied in the Antiquarium.

The King asks the group to help Aedin scout the monastery Hamas described no need to thank me for remembering the monastery, it’s all in a day’s work before they are led out by the prince. Before they leave, Aedin asks Dawn for help, and she agrees to travel with them. He also asks the party to meet him at the iron manufactury the next day.

On the way out, Taman is stopped from picking one of the magical flowers outside the palace suspicious….

As the party heads back to the Frothy Mug, a light falls in front of them and explodes, severely hurting Loghren and slightly Andraste.

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February 20 + March 13, 2017
The Red Knot is Defeated by Paito-Fuckin-Maito

At the start of the second round of the Festival of the Hunt, Loghren encounters a demonic ape creature, along with an unconscious Festival participant. The creature flees through the city, but Loghren chases after it. As he fights it, the other members of the Red Knot have various other encounters throughout the city, including : an endless horde of goblins, giant wasps, several cockatrices, an owlbear or two, an ogre, and a gnoll that gnoll was EVIL. Alex is saved from a life as a statue by Cathna, who agrees to team up with him Alex and Cathna sittin in tree…. At one point, Andraste attempts to teleport to Alex for some much needed healing, but instead winds up on a cliff side.

Towards the end of the Hunt, Taman is stopped by a man wearing a strange wooden mask and his partner. They demand to know where Loghren is. When Taman doesn’t tell them anything, they decide to send Loghren a message, and chase Taman down. Despite a casting of Spike Growth, the strange men eventually catch up to Taman, at knock him out _rest in pieces Taman it was nice knowing you-.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Andraste sees the man who sold her the Burning Bow in the crowd – I honestly can’t, for the life of me, remember this guy’s name-. He doesn’t say anything to her, but he gives her a look that says “I totally know you stole my stuff” _ITS FINE GUYS I HAVE AN ALIBI- before disappearing into the crowd.

Taman eventually wakes up, and realizes he’s being dragged through the city.He’s left tied up alone(?) in a dark room, until a dwarf with super-gross teeth enters. He introduces himself as Rot somehow I don’t think that’s the name his mom gave him, and offers Taman a deal: he’ll set Taman free if he lures Loghren to Rot. Taman “agrees” and is set free, minus his fancy new handaxe, and all his ammunition.

In the last round of the Hunt, Andraste is murdered by evil emus, and Alex and Cathna run into a giant wolf (as well as a dying Q’yantee). Alex saves Q’yantee, and after an epic, long, and totally amazing battle that I was definitely there for, Alex kills the wolf thing, marking the end of the Hunt.

Everyone is gathered up in a backstage kind of area, and Loghren, Alex, and Taman reunite. They find Andraste in the infirmary, nursing her wounds. As Loghren tells the party, about the strange gorilla demon monstrosity, Andraste is able to recognize it as a creature summoned from another world. She tells Loghren she’ll tell him more about them later on, when they aren’t surrounded by strangers.

They’re then led to a stage and the winners are announced. To everyone’s eternal disappointment, Paito Maito takes first place, followed by Bruga of Tarth that’s totally her name, then the Red Knot’s very own Alex. Before they head off to drink away their sorrows, the party is informed of a party being held for all participants of the Hunt. You know, we may not have won. but the important thing is that at least one of us placed higher than Clovis!

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February 13, 2017
The Festival of the Hunt (And Mission Impossible)

The night before the eve of the Festival of the Hunt, Andraste and Taman attempt to use the RIng of Teleportation to teleport to the bowyer and… reacquire… the Quiver of Ehlunna. To the surprise of literally everyone, they are able to teleport successfully. The two find the quiver in the back storeroom, but Andraste forgets to check for traps while opening a chest and triggers an alarm in my defense it was a tense moment! and every time i’ve checked for traps before there weren’t any!. The two, panicked, knock random stuff off the shelves before desperately teleporting back to Andraste’s room in the Frothy Mug.

Later that night, Kallor provides the party with the names of all of the other participants in the hunt, as well as their odds. Loghren (9:1), bets 50 gold on himself, and secretly bets 10 gold on everyone else, as well as 5 gold on Ser Boros Loghren you traitor. Taman (50:1), bets 10 gold on the other party members and 20 gold on himself. Andraste (45:1) bets 50 gold on herself and no one else. Alex (45:1) bets 10 gold on Loghren and Taman, but not Andraste i’ll remember this, Alex…

We’re then treated to a lovely cutscene, where a totally-not-suspicious hooded person watches the party, then leaves the Frothy Mug, travels through the city into the Squeeze, and reports to a shadowy figure of Loghren’s presence in Alton. The party is, of course, totally unaware of this oh boy i can’t wait for this!.

The next morning, the party heads for Brewed Awakening. There, they sell a bunch of stuff, and Andraste buys a map that supposedly leads to treasure. Alex asks Anila about the broken crystal rod, but she is unable to repair it. The party then heads for Gylas’s smithy, and Loghren buys Andraste new pitons.

They then make their way toward the palace, but are stopped by some Watchers.They’re able to convince the guards to let them through after showing them Hamas’ pauldron, but the party is told that the king is not seeing visitors that day. Disappointed, they head back to the Frothy Mug.

As everyone is drinking and celebrating, Taman, with some help from Andraste, slips some of the drow poison into Cragul’s drink he’ll probably live! it’s fiinneeee before we’re treated to another lovely cutscene two in one session? you’re spoiling us. The same dark figure as before begins what appears to be a summoning ritual of some kind, and summons a gross creature of some kind -knowing my luck this thing is gonna attack me instead of Loghren…_.

The next morning, the Festival of the Hunt finally starts. In the first round, Andraste slays a gnoll after much, much struggle, Taman kills a couple of goblins, Loghren chases after a huge beast, and Alex get petrified by some strange, bird-snake things someone will help you eventually!

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February 6, 2017
We Discuss Bows for An Hour

That night, Alex dreams of his encounter with Pelor at least I’m 99% sure that old guy was Pelor, their conversation about faith and vengeance, and the moment when Alex gained the title Justicar yeah this toottaalllyyy ins’t gonna go to his head. In the morning, everyone gathers for breakfast. Loghren kinda sorta explains his reasons for his distance and his nightmares, and Genma finally pays the party. He gives the Ring of Teleportation to Taman, who then gives it to Andraste to investigate sorry Taman it’s mine forever now. She attempts to teleport to Loghren, and although the room tremors and shakes, she isn’t able to teleport.

Kallor informs the party that they will need to get sponsors in order to participate in the Festival of the Hunt. Kellor agrees to sponsor Loghren in return for a promo for the Frothy Mug. Genma agrees to sponsor Andraste in return for a favor oh boy I can’t wait for this one…. Kellor recommends that Taman asks his friend Sabien i really hope this is how you spell her name at “Token of my Confection” to sponsor him. Alex, on the other hand, decides to ask the local temple to sponsor him.

Alex manages to extort convince the Hall of the Silver Lady to sponsor him, and agrees to pay his own way into the Hunt. The party then heads toward a tailor to buy Loghren a new set of clothes unfortunately he doesn’t buy the tight pants…. After he orders his clothes, everyone sets off for a much needed bath.

The party, refreshed, heads toward “Token of my Confection” and pick up a bouquet of lavender for Sabien. But as they’re leaving the florist, Taman spots a cat sitting on top of a carpet stall. He tries to pet it, but to the party’s surprise the cat talks. It offers them a “magic” carpet, and Taman shows the other party members the time travel potion and suggests trading the two. However, the other party members are upset with Taman for hiding the time travel potion from them, and Taman calls out Loghren and Andraste on hiding information from the party in my defense you haven’t asked about Everan yet!.

They decide to leave it at that, but before they leave Taman tries to pet the cat one last time, and it calls the Watchers on them. They run, and manage to escape in the crowd.At Token of my Confection, Sabien agrees to sponsor Taman NO. COMMENT..

The party then goes on an intense shopping spree. They first stop off at the blacksmith, where Alex picks up his new armor, Andraste gets a new rapier and a new set of armor, Loghren gets his glaive back no need to thank me, Loghren!, and Taman gets a new set of hand axes.

They then head to a bowyer, who offers a large sum of money for the Quiver of Ehlunna. Andraste winds up trading it for the Bow of Burning and and a bow set with lapis lazuli, but not before Taman slips one of the teleportation ring’s stones into the stitching on the quiver.

the party then heads towards the Blood Sands to sign up for the Hunt. They manage to sign up successfully, although the clerk makrs something on both Loghren’s and Andraste’s forms. AS they leave, they notice one of the potential applicants causing a commotion about his sponsor being rejected. Loghren being ever so kind, decides to help out and get the man’s application approved THANKS LOGHREN.

As the man introduces himself as Grim Hornraven, the sixth bell tolls and the applications close. The party heads toward the Frothy Mug, and inside they see: a large man with green skin and a massive under-bite, a male elf with an eye patch more like Andraste’s not as cool male counterpart amiright, and a woman with a battle-scarred wolf at her feet.

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January 30, 2017
We Finally Get to Freaking Alton Jeez

Loghren passes out as the fight with the dog men finishes. When he comes to, he is standing on an ornately decorated stone surface, and is surrounded by shadows. A pair of large talons emerges from the dark, and Loghren is eventually surrounded on all sides by pairs of talons. A voice speaks to him, telling him he is unworthy of the power of his spear. Loghren is then attacked, but passes out. When he comes to, he wakes up to Andraste staring at him.

She scolds him for napping when she can’t yeah man not fair and helps him up. The two then head down the cliff and toward the dead owlbear. They skin it, as well as take its… quadricles lovely just lovely.

The party pushes onward, but in the following nights Loghren experiences intense nightmares. Concerned, both Taman and Alex confront him about it, but Loghren remains aloof and doesn’t really tell them what’s wrong. Andraste, kind as she is, respects his privacy and leaves him be.

After a few days, the party finally breaks the tree line and emerge into a grassy valley. Lucky for them, the King’s Road stretches bellow them, and they’re only a half day away from Alton. Unluckily, there’s a huge amount of traffic on the road.

The party heads towards a gathering of refugees, hoping to get food and water. As they approach the barn, Sir Jerk Face makes his grand appearance, shoving aside an innocent farmer before heading off we shoulda robbed him im just sayin.

The party moves on, and finally FINALLY make it to Alton. They leave the survivors outside of the gates, promising to fin a way to let them inside before they enter the city with Genma. As they’re walking through the gates, Taman is stopped by one of the Watchers, and is told to keep his companions in line, and is totally racist and rude IF I RUN INTO THIS GUY IM FIGHTING HIM also why is everyone in the Watchers terrible.

The first place the party heads to is the Frothy Mug, which according to Loghren is the best bar in town. He leads the way inside, and is soon enthusiastically greeted by his old friend, Kallor. The two catch up, and they eventually get the rest of the party to play Boast, Roast, and Toast.

Taman shows off his “wings,” Andraste shows off her incredible drinking skills, Loghren shows off his spear, and Alex shows off his experience with Pelor. They all roast Loghren sorry Loghren lol before toasting and heading off to bed for the night.

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January 23, 2016
#LetAndrasteSleep2k17

The party, led by Taman, begin their trek to escape the Red Thicket. As they advance through the forest, Genma explains that he and the group of survivors had been searching for the party for several days before stumbling upon them by accident. After several days of exhausting travel, they eventually stumble onto a small clearing that appears to be safe spoiler alert: it wasn’t. In the clearing, they see bushes of bright red berries. Rosalinde and Alex, against better judgement, pop some.

Later, after Taman and Andraste chug a bottle of wine they prepare to commune with Selune. Alex speaks with her, asking her: if Gery is alive, if Gery’s kidnappers are in the Red Thicket, and if the Ewer or Braa’den is in Alton (yes, no, unclear). Afterward, he falls asleep immediately and Andraste takes first watch, where she bravely chases off a badgers one of which strangely bears a resemblance to Alex…jk, watches some poor dude deal with berry-related stomach issues she conveniently doesn’t notice that he doesn’t return, and hears the howling of far-off wolves.

Taman takes the next watch, and as he and Andraste and trading places, Rosalinde also begins experiencing berry-related stomach issues see, if she’d just listened to her elders this wouldn’t have happened. When she fails to return, Taman rouses Loghren and goes after her.Instead of Rosalinde, he finds heavy bloodstains and scraps of clothing, along with large pawprints.

He returns to camp, discussing what he found with Loghren, who then proceeds to wake everyone up to tell them what happened. Unfortunately, this send the group into a panic and wakes up poor Andraste. He and Taman are able to calm the party down after a few minutes, and then discuss what to do as a group.

They decide to split the party yeah cuz that went so well last time, and send Andraste and Taman after Rosalinde and the other missing survivor. They follow the tracks left behind by whatever took Rosalinde, as well as the blood trail. The pair eventually comes across what sounds like two creatures conversing in a language neither can understand. The creatures, who are standing over a dark pile of cloth, are armed with spears, and appear to have canine features.

The creatures are soon joined by six others, and they haul away the pile of cloth, which is clearly Rosalinde’s lifeless body, and dart off into the forest. Taman and Andraste debate what to do, and eventually agree to split up even further, with Taman following the creatures and Andraste going back to camp. Before they split up, Taman kisses Andraste on the cheek no comment.

Taman follows the creatures, and gets into an altercation with one when it straggles behind the main group. Taman is able to kill it successfully, and decides to head back to camp. On the way back, he grabs some of the scraps of Rosalinde’s clothing to show the others.

Meanwhile at the clearing, Andraste tells Loghren what happened before trying to sleep again. Taman comes back about twenty mintues later, and gives the bloody clothing scrap to Alex, who breaks the news to Rosalinde’s sons. They don’t take it well, but Alex is able to calm them, at least for the moment we need to ditch these guys they suck tbh.

Soon after, the group begins to move again and once again Andraste’s sleep is interrupted. They eventually come to a huge cliff of stone and rock. Before advancing, the group decides to send someone to the top to scout ahead. Too tired to make the climb herself, Andraste give Loghren her climbing pitons, and he is able to make it to the top if the wall of stone Loghren you owe me ten pitons…

As the party begins to move, one of Rosalinde’s sons, Billy, begins to cause drama I won’t forget that “pompous elf” comment, Billy…. They press on, and Alex walks next to Andraste, asking her once again about the incident in the cave. And once again, she refuses to answer his questions, and Alex drops the subject I’ll never tell you my secrets! Never!.

In the front of the group, Taman spots shadowy figures moving through the mist in front of the group. The creatures from before emerge, and attack the group. After dropping a couple, they unleash an owlbear on the party. Andraste kills it like a champ, though, totally saving Alex and the rest of the group like the true hero she is.

As the battle ends, Loghren’s spear is finally fully charged… and Alex pops two more of those berries. Just an reminder

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January 9, 2017
Selune's Angels

As the party begins to fight the statues, each one exhibits a different elemental magic (Andraste’s is wind, Taman’s is water, Alex’s is earth, and Loghren’s is fire). Taman drops both Andraste’s and Alex’s, and Loghren kills his with Andraste’s help youre welcome no need to thank me, and Alex kill’s Taman’s y’all call me a kill stealer when i didn’t even kill a single statue smh. The well in the center of the room then begins to fill with a brilliant, white liquid that gives off an intense light.

Meanwhile Loghren removes the breastplate from his statue. When he puts it on, he sprout a set of falcon wings. The rest of the party follows, and each sprout a unique set of wings. They all feel a strange attraction to the glowing pool, and as they look into itthey see their reflection replaced by the faces of Nyx, Boddynock, Frug, and Roywyn. Taman tries to gather some of the liquid, but its surface doesn’t ripple, and nothing stays in the vial he uses.

Loghren and Andraste are the first to dip their hands in, but Loghren takes it a step further and dips his head in. Everyone follows his lead and dives headfirst into the pool. As they’re blinded by the pool’s light, they loose all sense of direction as they tumble through the air.

Loghren recovers first, and is able to see the rest of the party (although he can’t gain control of his wings), and he is able to see that the party looking toward a “surface,” and it almost feels like they’re underwater. Taman and Andraste manage to right themselves and are shortly followed by Loghren. Alex, on the other hand, can’t seem to get in control and continues to fall. Loghren grabs him however, and they fly toward the surface.

They break through it, and emerge in what appears to be a field of stars. The floor is coated in a few inches of water, and the horizon is dominated by the moon, which seems enlarged. Te left side of the moon is fractured and broken.

A vertical slit in the sky appears, and a massive bronze statue that looks like Erathis emerges from it, and it attacks the party. As the party fights the mysterious being, the moon crashes into the floor, and a beam of silver light punches through the back of Erathis and the party’s senses stop working as they black out.

Loghren is the first to wake up, and he sees immediately that the party is in an unfamiliar part of the red thicket. He also notices that the party’s wings are gone now that’s just cruel man you can’t gives us somethin awesome then take it away a half hour later :’(. As Andraste wakes up she hears multiple creatures moving through the brush, A few moments later, Genma and several humans appear.

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January 2, 2017
The Mists of Pantea: The (Belated) Christmas Special

As Taman trips the giant boulder trap cue the Indiana Jones theme, he has a flashback to when the Black Stalker Tribe destroyed his home and killed his parents. As he snaps back to reality, he and Alex are able to avoid the huge stone. The party continues up the stairs, and they enter into a chapel-like room contain four tombs. Before Alex enters, he stops Andraste and asks her if she’s okay. She says yes, but is obviously lying. Alex doesn’t pry and the two move into the room.

Inside the room, the party hears a voice, and a spirit appears and asks them to restore the ’Master’s Peace." It also confirms the the tombs belong to Nyx, Roywyn, Boddynock, and Frug. They manage to restore the tombs, and they are then given a huge piece of Selunium. The party returns to the statue room, and place in Selunium in the heart of the statue of Erathis. The statue then reveals a spiral staircase leading downward, although the stairs get stuck and leave a twenty foot drop down.

Alex leads a rope down the staircase, and brings up his concerns about Loghren’s spear I’m also concerned that spear isn’t healthy for you. As the two bicker, Taman slides down the rope into the next room. Andraste goes to follow, but trips before she even reaches the rope and falls down to the next level. Luckily, Taman catches her see? It’s becoming a habit. As the two recover, a strange light fills the room, and two huge mirrored constructs emerge.

Alex and Loghren quickly descend after them, and the party begins to fight the constructs. Loghren manages to take down the first one by himself, and Alex finishes off the second. After the fight, Andraste and Taman pry the Selunium out of the constructs’ chests, and Andraste recognizes it as Selunium. She has a mini-flashback to when she was tasked by the Black Rose to steal a piece for its magical properties.

The party rests, and Andraste notices that the dust hanging in the air seems to be pushed by a slight current, ans she is ale to see a hidden door. Loghren tries to open it, but it won’t budge. Taman, however, realizes the door is mechanical and is able to open it.

An altar is standing in the next room, and five red orbs are scattered about. The altar has five insets in it, and a keyhole in it’s center. Each orb gives the party a shared vision. One shows the party killing the wyvern, another sows a void of blackness, and a dragon lunging at the party. The next shows an event known as “The Great Scorching.” The fourth shows the party’s fight with the constructs, and the final orb shows drow sacrificing a creature to Lolth.

It takes the party five painful attempts to place the orbs in the correct order. As they place the last orb, the opposite wall opens, revealing the next room. This room is furnished like a cozy cabin, with a bed, rug, and cozy fire.

Taman picks up a key shaped like a gear with an hourglass symbol on it. Andraste and Loghren move to the nightstand, where a bottle labelled “ZZZZ” sits. Loghren pour a drop or two onto the fire, but nothing happens. Taman decides to drink it, and after a few moments he feels lightheaded and woozy. He lays down on the bed, and when e opens his eyes again he sees that time has frozen, and no one but him is moving. H then takes advantage of the situation and steals fifty gold from Andraste how could u i trusted u. Taman realizes he can control the flow of time, and rewinds back to the altar room, puts the key in the altar, and fast forwards, allowing time to catch up to him again.

The next door is open, revealing the next room, which is shaped like a five-pointed star. A statue sits in each point, each has a symbol on it’s pedestal. Andraste is the only one who able to make out the text in the center in the room, which reads “To accept the past, embrace the future, and conquer yourself.”

All five statues suddenly move heir hands into a cupping motion as the magical concentration in the air builds, and something in each of the statues’ hands begins to shimmer. The one Andraste approaches forms a bow from wind, and fires an arrow made out out wind energy at her.

TLDR: shit happened, puzzles got solved, and we killed some constructs.

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December 19, 2016
What's Your Definition of Okay?

The party, after translating the scrap of leather, rests in the cave.Loghren starts talking to his spear again, whileTaman talks to Twobo. Meanwhile Alex casts Detect Magic, and notices a faint magical trail. Andraste, on the other hand, notices a tall silhouette in the entrance to the cave. As the figure steps into view, she recognizes them as someone from her past i’ll never tell you who he is MUHAHAHA.

Loghren, seeing Andraste’s reaction to the figure, steps between the two, and threatens the figure. Alex snaps out the spell, and readies guiding bolt. Taman is nowhere to be found. The figure charges straight for Andraste, and keeps going despite being intercepted by Loghren. The figure hits her, and Andraste reacts in a primal rage. She lunges at him and wraps her hands around his neck, tackling him to the ground REGRET REGRET SO MUCH REGRET.

As the figure’s face contorts in pain, it suddenly changes into Taman’s face IM SO SORRY. Andraste, realizing what she’s doing, scrambles off of him. Alex demands an explanation from her, but she refuses.

As Taman hauls himself into the corner to recover, he is able to recognize the pollen that covered Loghren, Andraste, and Alex as one that causes hallucinations.

Loghren asks Andraste to casts Light on his weapon, but she’s too out of it, and doesn’t really hear him. Alex casts it on him instead. Luckily Taman is able to get her on her feet, and the party heads for the base of the pyramid.

They enter, and the ceiling is uncomfortably low for everyone except Andraste HA the benefits of being short. The hall also contains a mural, which Taman dusts off and inspects. The mural depicts short, humanoid creatures performing various tasks and pointing to what appears to be a shooting star. Another group of four is gathered around a fallen star. Another group worships a pyramid, where a shiny white stone sits aloft. It also seems to depict glowing constructs performing mundane tasks. Alex recognizes the humanoid figures as Norryans, an ancient, gnomish (?) civilization.

Taman steps out into the next room into an altar room of sorts . The room s dominated by a huge, metal, coppery statue. A shaft of moonlight is casting down on the statue, revealing it to be worn and tarnished. Four other statues sit in the room, and appear similar to the figures in the mural. The floor is covered in a thin sheen of webbing.

As Loghren follows him into the room, there is a puff of purple smoke, and a huge spider appears behind him and digs its fangs into his shoulder. It begins to warp its spindly legs around him, but he manages to escape its grip. Andraste hesitantly looses an arrow at it, but luckily manages to hit it. As the party fights the first spider, a second one appears behind Taman, who is able to keep its fangs at bay.

Eventually Loghren is able to kill off the first spider, and Andraste finishes off the second. Alex, Taman, and Loghren collect the spider’s venom, then go to inspect the statues. The statues have inscriptions in both what appears to be Dwarvish and Common, which read “Roywyn” “Frug” “Boddynock” and “Nyx.” Loghren recognizes the name from a bard song about heroes who wielded the powers of gods.

The party moves through the room, toward a thick door that appears to be stuck. Loghren manages to force it open, and actually manages to pull the door off its hinges. Taman and Alex move first through the doorway. Before he and Andraste go through, Loghren asks her if she’s okay. Coincidentally, Alex is also asking Taman if he’s okay.

As the party descends the stairs, a step sinks beneath Taman’s boot, and they hear a large rumbling noise fast approaching them.

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