Players Present : Aveline, Volgrim, Jenna, Avallac’h
Players Missing – Sergio
So today we sneak out of the hovel that we took shelter in overnight. I must say I was surprised at that. While the large and more powerful demons have left, we still find Crusaders fighting hordes of less powerful demons here and there. But we rest, and we regain our strength. So we set off once again. Not long after we go, Av’s, and some others see figures on the rooftops. I don’t know why but Mystra has never blessed me with great perception, I guess it is good to have friends. Av starts running forward and then back, drawing a bunch of arrows in her direction. So running back she comes, eventually they people come out to parlay with us. I was just more defenders, and god love Av’s because she was worried about them shooting us. It was real simple, if they wanted to shoot at us, they would have done so, so we talk, and Volgrim pulls out his giant shining weapon of doom, and suddenly everyone is bowing down. Well good, it gets us an escort to the defenders heart, which is where I wanted to go anyway, for that matter all of us wanted to go.
Arriving at the Defender’s Heart we see Anevia and I run to hug her, good to see a familiar face, as well as a few other hugs. I inquire on Horgus and no one has seen him since we saw him to his home, and Vash is upstairs in the Inn doing work with the other scholars. His eyesight remains unable to be healed, but Anevia is healed to full capacity, her leg wounded no longer.
So inside we go, and Anevia brings in her wife Arabel, and we update on the status of the Temple of the Lizard King. After hearing how that went, we are given some time to fill up on equipment, so we get the usual adventuring ropes, and torches and that kind of equipment so we are prepared for what is next. There remain a few merchants, and we turn our trinkets into cash. I split the money with the group and we get ready for the day. We’ve been asked to go look for an evil leader holed up in the city, not too far from here.
It’s not a long trip, and its a ruined wizard tower, once about 60 feet tall, now just the first floor, and the door is intact. We listen and find there are people inside. So Volgrim the door. Inside is a man with a holy symbol of Baphomet again. I daze him, but everyone appears to have been stunned that someone like that could be in the city proper. We had the chance to tie him up, but the chance passed. So we strike him and his buddy that appears down.
Now that we are inside we see more of what we thought. The upper floors are ruined but we can go down into the basement. We proceed and down some steps and around a corner is a Tiefling. He sees us and slits his wrist, dumping the blood into a statue of Baphomet. Well it’s not just a statue, but a magical statue. I feel worse, I can’t act as well, but it doesn’t take my senses from me. We kill the Tiefling, and we see that blood is pouring from where he drained himself, and it goes through the statue, coming out into a trough that runs across the next room into a massive pit of blood.
Just as we figure this out, these Blood creatures, almost like Elementals appear. Volgrim and Avallac’h want to deal with them, but my instinct says this is the problem due to the statue. So I grease the area between the two rooms, and convince Volgrim to attack the statue not the creatures. Av’s is trying to force missile the statue to pieces, and Avallac’h can’t block the 10 foot area by himself, so I cast Mage Armor, and move forward to help block and contain the blood creatures like some warrior type that I most certainly am not. At this point I also cast Obscuring mist on top of us to give us more of a chance.
For a couple seconds it goes well, and Volgrim and Av’s chop off an arm, but then things turn sour. The blood creature envelops me, and the pig sticker chops the head from the statue, just as I felt it trying to come above my waist. With that, the blood creatures disappear, but the blood starts to boil. We run back into the anteroom and hide around the corner, except Av’s is a little slow, the blood, for lack of a better term, blows up, and she takes a big blast. Thank Goodness Avallac’h is there to heal her. At this point some treasure remains, we gather it, and head home, not finding the leader, but stopping the Blood Statue, from sending waves of Blood Elementals to attack the Defender’s Heart.