Out of the Ruins

Everything goes to hell

Wish we had a handbasket

With a generous helping of cunning and wit ((and maybe some luck)) the adventurers have managed to escape from the tower of the Mages of Saruun. Now things become tricky as they try to figure out how to complete the things they have to finish, without helping out the mages too much. One thing is for certain, they have left a signature in the library on one of the books of detailing the mages history. However, as long as they don’t do anything to have the Mages look at them more closely the mages may never find out about the book in question.

For now the party is in a stronger place, as they know how to break into Paldamar’s tower, ((even if they don’t know where the entrance is)) and they have learned the secrets of the gloves they found on the champion of the dark dwarves. The one unfortunate thing though is that they have failed to discover the full story about the Sword of Corelon that the Sword Mage now wields. The weapons purpose, and powers are still unknown which makes it a wild card that could come back to haunt the group….

The good news is that the entire trip to wherever the tower was located took less then a second in real time. The party finds itself back in the mortal realm, seconds after they left with the rift they fell into closed. The group quickly decides to press on and complete this stage of their quest, before anything else odd happens.

As luck would have it they manage to hunt down the leader of the Dark Dwarves in the very next main area they explore. It seems that he became aware of the death of his champion and is in the process of trying to flee when the party smashes down the door to his chamber.

A massive fight begins, the party desperate to end the fiend’s life quickly as they believe that nearby other guards may lurk that could be drawn to the sounds of fighting. During the battle Elkantor strikes down one of the King’s guards with his sword, which seems to have a power available for use as he does so. He choose to let this unknown power fly and the Dark Dwarf crumples to the ground, seeming to rest in a peaceful state.

Stout being a wise and holy man seeing the interaction and catching the discharge of magic makes a guess to what just happen. “Why would you use such evil magic?” he cries out to Elkantor.

The battle continues to rage with the king’s high mage falling to the wrath of the Paladin. The King himself notices the sword and cries out for aid from yet more guards who rush into the room. “Get the sword, or Paldamar will have my head!” he shouts.

Another guard falls to the blade, this one crumpling down to sleep, just as peacefully as the last.. however the body of the first dissolves into a black sludge. At this the Paladin of the Raven Queen Azhool and Stout both yell out to the Drow Sword Mage to stop using the blade. Azhool not only realized that the blade was using soul magic, but that it seemed to only have room for one soul, so if another soul was captured the first was destroyed forever, without even having a chance to go to it’s god or goddess.

More guards rushed into the room and the fighting becomes even more desperate as 2 devils surge in from an area that the party thought it had secured. They take a look at the fighting, and scream at Elkantor. “The Blade, Give us the Blade…. We must have it!!!”

The battle wages on and Elkantor strikes down one of the devils which causes a very nasty reaction. The second Dark Dwarf guard’s body turns to sludge… but where the demon was a small rift in the fabric of reality is formed. This would not be the first time they have seen such a rift, in fact the party’s research had led them to believe that the actions of the Mages of Saruun were causing the fabric of reality to weaken and walls between the worlds were crumbing.

The second devil vanishes on his own seconds later, seeming to want no part of what just happened to his friend. Shortly there after the last guard falls to the blades and spells of the adventurers.

The party is successful, but at what cost? After a quick search of the area they find a note from Paldamar to the Dark Dwarf high king, telling him to protect the sword at all cost and never under any circumstance to use the blade. An unsent note is also found from the king to Paldamar telling the mage that he has given the blade to his war master to guard, and that their plans for mining the evil cursed rock that turns people into mindless cannibals is going well. The party it seems invaded the fortress before the dwarf had time to send the letter. Also amoung the treasure the party finds a long sword made out of glass that appears to be impossible to break, this blade is identified as a mage blade. A mystical blade prized by both sword mages and normal mages for it’s ability to enhance the powers of the wielder.

At this point Drake starts to think about how the fight went and becomes more and more frustrated. He asks to borrow a sheet of paper from Gallidan who complies with the request. At this point Drake writes an insulting letter about how the devil is a pansy for running from fight along with a challenge. He then stuffs the letter into the rift, which causes the rift to enlarge slightly and the letter to vanish completely. Gallidan is horrified at the action and guesses that the letter somehow went to the plane that the devils were from and that whoever reads it might consider it some sort of challenge.

Most of the hostages from Rivendale are found, except for a couple that the slaves claim a humanoid figure in dark blue robes selected from them for himself. The party unleashes the purification potion on the fortress that they received from the Potion Master, and within minutes the entire fortress begins to crumble to the ground. Fleeing to safety the party heads back to the 7 Pillars.

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