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Me Oh Mines!
Kronax Mines Pt. 2

After awaking in the morning, the group headed back up to the entrance of the mine, they knew the road ahead would be perilous, and wanted to know what they were up against. They used the recovered basilisk blood to transform the Elven statue to his original form. They asked the frightened elf, Rhaegar, what he had seen. He told them of a hulking man, leering over 7 feet tall with a helmet of Horns upon his head. He also told them of a secret way into the mines. The group knew that if they could repel down the abandoned pulley shaft, they could regain the element of surprise. Lt. Azulah Went first nimbly climbing down. As they were climbing Albeda began to slip and fall.

Nobu quickly reached out and caught her, helping her climb down the shaft further. As they made their way further down the shaft Gemma lost her grip, but didn’t lose her head, she quickly cast Feather Fall and glided down to the bottom of the shaft. As they all made their way down, they heard the enraged voice of who they could only assume was the Man with the Horns. As Gemma tried to sneak in for a closer look, she was found by a patrolling Kobold. She engulfed him in flame, but was too late. the Alarm had been sounded.

Troglodytes came rushing down the hall ready to tear upon the group, but the Party steeled themselves and got the upper hand. Arrows whizzed overhead as the scuffle continued in the cramped quarters, the stench of the Troglodytes filling the nostrils of the Party. After Gemma and Albeda destroyed the vanguards, Nobu and Azulah rushed to the front ready to take on the approaching Kobolds. As the dust settled, they knew that the true danger was waiting for them in the following room.

As they entered the Room, Azulah took the Vanguard and attacked the Man with Horns, Who responded by summoning a Mud and Earth Elemental to fight the party. as Rocks and sludge were flung around the party knew they were in for the fight of their life. Albeda was constantly calling upon the Goddess to heal her comrades. Gemma and Nobu seemed to fall in battle, but through her devotion they rose to fight off the Elementals.

When the Man with Horns saw that his enemies were gaining the upper hand, he took off into the mine, with Azulah tearing after him. As he ran up the walkway, taking potshots at the Rogue, Azulah ducked and scrambled up the support ropes hanging to catch him. As she leveled with him she leapt from the air and landed, bowling into the Horned Man. He bowled her off the platform but she drew her dagger and planted it into his foot for support.

Nobu and Gemma had taken out the Elementals with Albeda’s help. Nobu rushed out into the cavern to fire his crossbow at the Horned Man, when Gemma approached an Orb. It was perfectly spherical and 4 ft. in diameter, and was obviously the Quarry the Horned Man was after. Touching the Orb, shewas immediately taken aback at the raw power that flew through her. Her hand arcing, she fired a lightning bolt through the mine, Searing Nobu and bringing down the causeway Azulah was on. as they fell.

They woke up the Horned man intending to ask him about the Orb. He told them his name, Ullrch, and told them he was the Herald of their Destruction before killing himself. The group helped the prisoners within the mine who helped them get the Orb out of the mine and back to Kronax. After additional study, Gemma decided to Shock the Orb.

An Ionic explosion leveld the terrain as everyone watched in awe. within the crater, Gemma. She looked possessed by lightning herself, and was speaking Celestial. Albeda translated and they figured out that the three Devas of Mannanan Mac Lir; Uriel, Ziggy Stardust, and Castiel; were possessing their friend. After conversing with them and restoring their friend they knew two things. The Old Gods were no longer a myth, and that they would have to get past the Wardestones to Red Pass, a dwarven ruin overrun by demons…

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Getting Shafted
Kronax Mines Pt. 1

The new Elven settlement of Kronax had desperately reached out for help, as their new mine had recently gone dark, and scouting parties had disappeared as well. Nobu and Albeda, a human and moontouched, had received a missive for this cry for aid and had made their way to the city. Coincidently, Gemma Silverlock, a well known artisan of jewelry had made the trek to Kronax as well, hoping to get a peak in the mines while lending a helping hand.

They met in the Town hall building, bumping into high elf Lt. Azerah. They agreed to work as a team to clear out the mine, and help this city. Having been given the job by the town official to rescue the miners, and possibly minors, they set out with their guide, Aehronn and his half-elf son Daelin. On their way to the mine, Azerah struck up a conversation with Aehronn, learning why the town was powerless to help themselves, as it was hastily constructed by the conclave to mine the precious gems to fund their war effort.

Once the party of adventurers reached their destination they found quite a few things amiss. The overseer’s office was ransacked and destroyed, and a curious statue was near the mouth of the mine. upon further investigation, the party found that someone had ripped out the pages detailing what was found in the mine, and the statue was no statue, but a victim of a basilisk.

As the group trekked into the mine Azerah began to cross a rickety bridge. As soon as she was half-way across, the pair of basilisks attacked the party. Fire arced from Gemma’s fingers as she hurled spells at the beasts, even getting in an arc of lightning. Azerah was deftly dodging on the bridge, dropping between the planks to take a shot at the underbelly of the beast. Meanwhile Nobu, steeled himself and attacked the beast who threw it’s stony gave his way. As his body started to fall prey to this magical attack, he centered himself and roundhouse kicked the creature off the platform with a stony foot, allowing it to plummet to its death. At this moment, the bridge Azerah was on gave way and they fell to the next bridge. Azerah was bitten by the creature, and fell on the bridge unconscious, with the basilisk ready to eat her.

Gemma saw an opportunity and fired off a magical attack into the maw of the creature. Albeda saw this and struck with a magical white flame that seared the beast and began pushing out an aura of healing, as a blessing from Serena, rising her comrades. Nobu jumped down to the bridge with Azerah, and finished the creature off.

After collecting the magical blood of the basilisk, which would undo the paralysis spell, they began to map out the caves from the top of the mine. Following a ruby vein of ore, the skitterings in the dark alerted them to the arrival of 4 giant spiders. Nobu struck first at the spiders, wounding the advance guard as Gemma prepared a fire bolt. The spell seemingly bolstered by her determination, engulfed a spider in flames, killing it. Albeda, in her fear of spiders unleashed a radiant beam of light that misted the second spider. Nobu stuck again, slashing into the 3rd spider multiple times. as the last one skittered away, Azerah sturck out and sliced it in half. After cleaning their blades and searching the alcove, the adventurers set up camp. wondering what monsters would stand in their way, and if there were any survivors…

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