The Mask of Orcus

Thank Goodness for Skill Challenges

What happens when you meet something 3 levels higher than you...

The party comes to the conclusion to press on after a short rest. With their tiny dragon statues and ego’s significantly inflated they approach a large, heavy wooden door. As they enter they find what appears to be a tomb or shrine lit with bluish eldritch torches.

As they begin to inspect the room they see a raised dais with what appears to be the sarcophagus of a human warrior holding a large sword to its chest. The walls look to be made of human bones, spaced with rune covered stones going all the way to the ceiling. The torches that light the room are on the same parts of the walls that have the stones covered with runes.

Once in the room, Nogu gets the idea in his head that he really would like to upgrade his weaponry. He approaches the dais, hops up next to the sarcophagus and proceeds to pull on the handle of the sword. As soon as this happens the door slams shut and the torches on the wall shift from blue to red light. A booming voice shakes the room with an echoing cry. In the moments that follow the party is stunned by what they see.

Bones tumble from of the walls and begin forming into skeletal warriors, each wielding a longsword and shield. The bones surrounding the base of the sarcophagus begin to coalesce into a towering undead warrior clad all in plate mail wielding a two-handed sword very similar to the blade resting on the chest of the warrior on the sarcophagus.

The undead warrior descends from the dais and the party attacks. At this point the party is somewhat surrounded by the three enemies and they seem to be outmatched. In the first seconds of the battle Matrim puts himself between the largest threat and the rest of the party and in doing so takes the brunt of a vicious attack. In two great hacks from the undead warrior’s blade Matrim is sent bloody and reeling. The party regroups and proceeds to bash away at the greatest threat while trying to dodge and maneuver around the other two enemies.

During the battle Rangrim is knocked unconscious while battling with one of the undead soldiers. At the right moment Sonnilion uses his Fey Step and transports himself right next to the sarcophagus. Using his arcane knowledge he attempts to disrupt the field of magic while the battle rages around him. The party is able to take down each of the skeletal warriors but are still being ravaged by attacks of large undead warrior.

As the rest of the party begins to show signs of wearing down Sonnilion finally manages to disrupt the magic empowering the great undead warrior. As the magic fades the undead warrior falls to pieces that begin to return to the base of the sarcophagus. A mist seaps from the walls and gathers into a single translucent figure in front of the party as they take a deep breath after the battle.

The mist gathers to form a silvery translucent form that identifies itself as the spirit of Sir Keegan. He weaves his tails of woe, questions their overall purpose and sense of direction and the proceeds to offer his help in the form of gifting the party his magical two-handed sword, which happens to perfect with Nogu’s ensemble. Keegan informs the party that the rift in the keep is beginning to pulse with energy as Kalarel draws in his power through the dark rituals he is performing and that they must hurry to intervene before the ritual is complete.

Taking the advice of Sir Keegan to hurry they bed down for the night…and after a few hours the party wakes to a dreadful racket. The sounds of someone being cruelly tortured echo through the depths of the keep. Matrim makes a quick decision to go find the source of the noise and the rest of the party follow suit. They sprint back the way they came encountering some undead as they work their way back, but the party bands together and dispatches them using their skills in tandem.

As they approach the part of the keep where the noise seems to be coming from they burst through the door to find a gnome strapped to a torture rack being stabbed with hot pokers. The hobgoblins don’t seem to like the fact their party has been crashed and proceed to try and poke Matrim with their hot…pokers. With some quick thinking they are able to free the gnome and hilarity ensues when the little guy uses a little known device called an Arcane Springboard in the heat of battle. Sonnilion blasts several of the goblins in the face, Matrim hacks a few in half, while Nogu, Rangrim(the wolf) and Nobi Mekwizzix fly through the air with the greatest of ease hacking and slashing as they please.

Once all fiends are dispatched and breath has been caught introductions are made. They are short because Nobi would rather walk around looking at the shiny things than talk to everyone else.



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