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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Nineteen
The Black Spider

The team climbs down the cavern. Kerri trips and tumbles down. While they are down there, Kerri and Elewin notices something shiny on one of the dead dwarf bodies. Find some shiny gauntlets. Ooo treasure!

Rama keeps running to try to catch up to the dark elf. Kerri dashed forward and shoots at the elf, catching him in the shoulder. Willow runs and hides behind Rama.

Dark elf charges up to Kerri, yelling, “Revenge for my sisters!” Slamming his fists at her, hurting her quite a bit. Rama tries to quiet him but misses. Kerri slashes him with her great sword but accidentally kills him before they are able to question him. He turns into goop.

Moving forward, Willow and Rama sees a large hall. A camp site is underneath a large statue. Willow sees two Bugbears across the room.

Suddenly, a bolt of magic hits Rama and he staggers back hurt. He sees a Dark Elf across the room, rays of magic energy emirates from him. It’s the Black Spider!!! In addition, an ENORMOUS spider, as big as a large horse, appears at Rama’s side and entangles him in it’s web! Now we know why he is called the Black Spider. He has a hoard of spiders under his command!

Another giant spider appears and wraps Bob up in it’s web. AND ANOTHER spider tries to web Willow but misses.

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Nezznar, the Black Spider starts to prepare a spell. Uh-oh!

Elewin limps up, slams down his staff and casts Thunderwave! A thunderous wave of energy hits the enemies and pushed back one spider. Bob casts some healing spells and heals the his party up. Willow kills a spider.

The giant spider bites Elewin and he falls down unconscious, poisoned, but not quite dead. Kerri runs up and pours a healing potion down his throat but only revives him a little. Unfortunately, he is paralyzed. The bugbears now focus their attention on Rama.

A ray of ice shoots from Nezznar and freezes Bob. He is now moving quite slowly. A spider bites Rama and he falls down unconscious and poisoned. Things are not looking good for the party.

Retreat! Retreat! Fluffy drags Rama out of harms way. Kerri tries to drag Jane away but the spider gets a swipe at her and she goes unconscious. Willow manages to free Bob out of the web and dashes back. Three magic missiles slam into Bob!

Bob runs away like a coward.

A spider comes into the hallway and tries to bite Kerri but she uses Jane’s body as a shield and it misses her. Fluffy grabs Jane and drags her out of there while a giant spider looms in front of Kerri…

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Eighteen

As the group proceeded cautiously through the cave, Willow and Rama became separated. Suddenly, a great jellied tentacle slapped at Willow’s ankles. She hollered for the rest of the group to return. They group flailed around in an effort to defeat the Ochre Jelly. Rama manage to cleave it in half and they proceeded to fight the two halves until it was gone.

Continuing down the hallway, they entered a room with a fishy smelling pool full of shells. Bob explored the murky waters and found a skeleton in old soggy robes with two platinum rings holding a wand. He stripped the skeleton bare and waded back towards the shore.

They continued through to the next hallway and listened at a door. They could hear several creatures speaking goblin but they sounded bigger than goblins. Bob and Rama kicked the door in and saw 6 Bugbears. “Excuse us…” Bob says. They fight the Bugbears in a long and gruelling battle. Fluffy the wolf and several of the others took heavy damage but Bob, remembering suddenly that he is a cleric, healed the group and they were victories.

On one of the Bugbears they found a potion of vitality and a bunch of electrum.

They continue towards the door at the end of the hallway. Bob listens briefly and then kicks it down. They enter another hallway and proceed into a large smelter room. A blast furnace and mechanical bellows powered by a water wheel stood before them. The channel was dry, piles of coal heaped everywhere. Dozens of corpses were scattered around – dwarves and orcs still in armour.

Following the dry canal north, the group comes upon a cliff dropping down into a cavern below. Steamy water poured out of the wall across and into the gorge. Several ropes hung down from the other side onto the floor of the chasm. A javelin soared up at them from the chasm striking Kerri hard. Three Bugbears stood around and in the chasm and a dark elf stood on the far side across the stream from them.

They fought off the Bugbears but the drow fled out of sight after being struck by Elewin’s magic missile and Willow’s arrow. Rama used his jumping boots to soar across the cavern and chase after the elf. The others slowly rappelled down into the cavern.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Seventeen
The Interrogation

“Let’s slap her awake,” said Kerri
“Do we have any poison?” Bob wanted to poison her until just point before death and revive her and do it again. (Un)fortunately, the team doesn’t have any.

Kerri slaps the drow woman awake who had returned to her true form while she was unconscious. She looks a bit like Voldemort. Bob and Jane feel sorry for her.

Bob shows her his collection of dead things while sharpening his ax. Everyone starts sharping their weapons.

Bob in a friendly tone: “So what is your name?”
She spits blood all over Bob’s shoes before answering: “My name is Voldaya and my family will get revenge for killing our sister Vyerith.”
Bob gets a little angry over the blood on his shoes: “How can that happen if your family is all dead?”
Voldaya: “the black spiders will never stop sending people after you”
Kerri: “are there any more family members with names that start with V?”
Voldaya: “you won’t know until it’s too late!”
Bob: “where is Nundro?” (Bob’s other cousin)
Voldaya: “the black spiders hold him”
Bob: “where is the black spider?”
Voldaya refuses to answer
Bob and Kerri intimidates her.
Voldaya: deeper in the cave spits more blood on Bob’s shoes
Bob becomes enraged. “Let me have a minute alone with her”
Everyone leaves and Bob closes the door. Screams and something about boots could be heard through the closed door. Bob puts Voldaya’s dissolved body in a vial and keeps her skull to hold the vial.

The party proceeds to go in the direction of the Black Spider goons. Finds a door. Listens first. Hear faint crunching and splintering sounds. The door is slightly open. Willow peeks in but the door creaks a little. Everyone all freezes. Willow’s heart stopped for a moment fearing the creatures inside might have noticed her but it didn’t. She sees a creepy undead eating dead things. O_o

Bob casts Channel Divinity Scare Undead. Success! The three the party can see start to move away. Rama gets clawed by a ghoul. He feels his arm seize up but manages to shake it off. Only managed to kill two, the other escaped through a door the party didn’t see before. Half dozen orcs and dwarves strewn around the room.

Continued exploring, found a safe room with some barrels that used to hold ale but they have long since evaporated. Tragic! Bob throws around some barrels in anger and shouts “I will fill these with BLOOD!”

Moving on, the group finds a large chamber filled with dead orcs and dwarves. Looks like there was a huge battle that took place here long ago.

Suddenly they get attacked! There are more undead ghouls in the chamber. They surround the team before Bob once again cast Scare Undead. The party got lucky; only Kerri and Rama took damage. Some of the ghouls escaped but the group decides leave them in order to rest. The party return to the safe room for a short rest.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Sixteen

The team crosses the hallway into another room, it appears to be some sort of office. There are piles of orc and gnome bones. Bob picks up a nice big one and tosses one to the wolf who happily sets about chewing it. What books and papers there are fall apart as soon as they are touched but they can tell it was some sort of record keeping. They find an iron strongbox which Willow picks, after they check it for traps. They find what appear to be old payments. 600 copper, 180 silver, 90 electrum and 60 gold.

As the companions approach the room where they fought the stirges, they hear some sounds. Suddenly, a javelin strikes Bob, who is in the lead, in the shoulder. They see two bugbears just ahead, followed by a wizard. “Glassstaff”, willow mutters. Willow reacts fast, peeking out from behind Kerri to shoot and then diving for cover. One of the bugbears who cries out in agony and Kerri shudders as a magical force almost traps her. Suddenly a blue elf, much like the doppleganger they killed before, comes at them shouting “You killed my sister!”. She attacks Kerri ferociously, but Kerri dodges, only to get struck with a crossbow bolt from a ruffin. She swats away a second crossbow bolt just as one of the bugbears mauls her. Kerri flees behind the rest of the group as Elewin casts his flaming sphere where she had been standing. Jane and Rama set into the elf, Rama using his new springy boots to leap over Bob. Bob, javelin still in his shoulder, swings his axe at the woman as well. Glassstaff shoots magic missiles at Willow shouting “You’re supposed to be dead!”

Elewin casts a spell which makes a huge crashing sound, pushing the elf backwards, though the bugbear is able to withstand. Glassstaf shoots mercilessly at Willow, nearly knocking her unconscious. He yells “I will kill you all in the name of the black spider!” Jane finally manages to take out Glassstaff but with his dying breath, he yells to the ruffians to tell Black Spider they are here. Willow took a shot at them as they began to flee, before sprinting back the way they had entered to try and head them off. Jane and her wolf followed them in case they were headed for a secret exit.

Finally, they finish off the drow and Rama joins Willow in running for the entrance. Willow dashes around a corner and manages to shoot one of them. Elewin and Kerri head towards the entrance tunnel in the hopes of heading them off while Rama, Willow, Jane and the wolf ferociously follow them. Rama manages to strike one with two javelins, as willows steps deftly behind him, hidden from sight of the feeling ruffians. She pops quickly out from behind Rama and takes down one of the ruffians. The other turns to shoot the wolf with his crossbow, Jane cringed as the wolf cries in pain, but he shook it off and lunged after the fleeing ruffian, pouncing on him and ripping his throat out. Meanwhile, Bob has been tying up the unconscious drow.

Exhausted and sore, the companions drag the drow back to the office they had investigated earlier, barricade the door and settle in to rest and tend to their wounds.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Fifteen

With the map in hand, the group traveled on to Wave Echo Cave, which has been lost for at least a hundred years, more of Bob’s cousins were supposed to meet them here but no one had seen them for weeks. They left Gundren at Phandalin – he had offered them a stake in the mine and profits if the group could find out what happened to his brothers and secure the mine for him.

As they enter the cave through the narrow entrance they can hear the booming and crashing of ocean waves every few minutes. The entrance leads to a large cavern, in the western part they could see three bedrolls and a stash of supplies. Amid the supplies the notice the body of a dwarf miner, dead at least a week best they could figure. A sturdy hemp rope was tied to a nearby stalagmite and leading down into a tunnel.

Bob cast light on Rama’s sword again and the others picked up some nearby lanterns and began exploring the surrounding area. Bob recognizes the dead dwarf as his cousin Tharden. He was wearing a pair of boots of striding and springing. They gave these to Rama for his love of jumping three times higher than normal.
The party opted to head down into the pit and head into the eastern tunnel.

They found a pile of skeletons – dwarves and orcs, as though there had been a battle. The group approach the skeletons. Rama and Jane notice bat like creatures on the ceiling just as the creatures dropped down upon them. Jane reacted quickly enough to shoot a stirge off of Willow but one latched onto Bob and stuck there. Another flies into Kerri’s face but does not manage to attach. The team fought off the stirges as they continued to latch on and leech health from them.

After killing the last of the stirges, the team headed south into a partially collapsed tunnel with two doors at the end. They listen at one but hear nothing so Bob kicks in down. They find another pile of ancient dwarf and orc skeletons. The rooms looks like it was a barracks. Bob crunches across the bodies to the center of the room and looked around. The others cautiously follow him in. Suddenly, the bones start moving. The skeletons form around them and begin to stand. Rama smashes one with his battle axe as two more surround Bob, swinging for him until he can cast Turn Undead and some begin to flee. He casts a spiritual weapon and hacks at one of the unturned skeles. With most of the skeletons fleeing from Bob, the team is able to eliminate them one by one.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Fourteen
Finding Cuz

As the crew stares cautiously about the dimly lit room, a Grick drops from the ceiling surprising Willow, Jane and Bob. Willow and Rama react quickly, doing some damage. Jane’s wolf took a bite out of it as well. Elewin takes a shot and the Grick explodes, spraying guts everywhere. “UGH” Rama exclaims, shaking off the goo.

The group continued to explore. As they peeked around a corner, they noticed someone or something standing in the dark. It was a Hobgoblin. Bob lops off an arm while Kerri finishes it off with a clean shot from her longbow. Suddenly, Jane hears a weird rustling sound through a crack in the wall.

Bob casts a healing spell on himself and cautiously approaches the crack. Bob spots something big inside the room and stumbles backwards. “It’s an Owlbear” Willow declares, taking a look. Bob and Rama line up to bust down the door but Jane shakes her head at them, approaches the crack in the wall and crouches down. She casts a spell and speaks to the Owlbear. “Are you trapped?” “Yes, the Goblins put me here” the Owlbear tells her. “We’ll let you out,” Jane decides, “Step back from the door”.

Bob and Rama approach the door and kick hard but the door doesn’t budge. They both took a second bash and the door swung open. The Owlbear slowly approaches the door. Bob and Rama glance at Jane and then step back. Bob reaches out a hand to pet the Owlbear as it passes by, “Hey there big guy” he says tenderly as the feathers brush his hand. As it leaves, it tells Jane it will run off any Goblins it sees in the area.

The group enters the room and looks around. The walls are covered in scratch marks from the Owlbear’s attempts to escape. The upper floors have collapses to create a hollow silo, the upper reaches lost in shadows. Old worktables and bookshelves are strewn around. Willow notices a narrow ledge where the second floor would have been, and what appears to be a wooden box. She quickly scales the wall to a small ledge on the second level and approaches the battered little box. She doesn’t see any traps, nor does it appears to be locked. She opens it carefully. She finds 90 electrum, 120 gold, a potion of healing and two scrolls. She climbs back down with her finds and hands the scrolls to Elewin and Bob for identification. Bob identifies one as Revivify – a spell which can revive any creature that hasn’t died of old age. The other was Silence.

They continue along to the next room Rama listens at a curtain, but hears nothing. Rama pushes past it and can hear voices from the next room. Bob takes his axe to to the door. The bugbear, King Gol, and dark elven woman sat at a table, in the far back corner, Bob could see his cousin guarded by a wolf. The dwarf appeared to be badly beaten and unconscious. Elewin and Willow fired shots into the room just as Bob ran forward, leapt onto the table and swung his axe down into King Gol. Rama strode into the room beside Bob and took a swing at King Gol as well. The dark elf grabs a roll of paper from the table and makes for the door. Willow and Jane manage to punch the drow as she passes.

Rama and Bob continue digging into King Grol while the others, realizing she has the map, charge after the drow. As Kerri steps into the doorway to take a shot at the elf’s back, the wolf snaps at her from within the room. Elewin attempted to daze her with colour spray but it was ineffective. Jane’s wolf manages to bite the elf but she holds her ground. As she tries to flee, Jane stabs her with the rapier, wounding her deeply. The elf gets past the wolf but it grabs her, nearly, but not quite taking her down a second time. The elf sprints around the corner, disappearing from view. Kerri pushes away from the enemy wolf but it takes her to the ground. She stumbles back onto her feet and after the drow, and shoots an arrow out into the dark. The elf cries out in pain as the arrow strikes too. Kerri grins with pride at her strike. Elewin runs after the elf and finds her laying on the ground. She fires a magic missile, killing the elf.

Meanwhile, Rama and Bob are still struggling with King Gol and the wolf in the other room. Rama takes most of the damage while Bob furiously swings his axe around to little effect. Willow runs in and shoots Gol’s wolf in the head, killing it instantly. Bob, tiring of his axe fails, attempts to cast inflict wounds on King Gol but misses again. Jane steps into the room and takes a shot, wounding him. Rama takes a final surge, smashing King Gol, who stumbles backwards, severely wounded. Gol swings angrily back at Rama knocking him nearly off his feet. Kerri takes the final blow, knocking Gol unconscious.

Bob steps towards his unconscious cousin. The rest of the group watching silently. Bob gives the other dwarf a swift kick to the ribs, and seeing him groan, announces “Good, I don’t have to waste that spell on him”. They tie King Gol up and search the room, waiting for Gundrun to wake up. Under Gol’s bed they find 220 silver, 160 electrum, 3 potions of healing and, on the body of the dark elf (which now looks like an androgynous black humanoid), they found the map they were looking for to Wave Echo cavern. Looking at the strange humanoid figure on the ground, Elewin recognizes it as a Doppleganger. They assume it was there acting for the Black Spider, but the disguise remains a mystery.

After a long rest, Gundrun wakes up. He thanks them for rescuing him and hopes they will return him to Phandalin.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Thirteen
The Goblin Castle

The group began exploring the area. Bob and Rama entered the next chamber and triggered a trap which dumped a ton of huge rocks down on them, severely injuring them both. Nonetheless, the team continued onward. They opened a few doors, and stumbled upon another goblin. They took the goblin out and continued into the next room.

In the next chamber they found a suit of chain-mail, a crossbow, a long-sword, a cask filled with brandy and some rotting food. Willow listened at the next door and heard sounds of someone sharpening weapons. They kick the door down and four Hobgoblins turn to look at them. A fight ensues. Elewin managed to blind some of them and Kerri took advantage of the opportunity to knock one out with her great-sword. Rama annihilated the next one and surged forward to knock back the third. Willow leapt in a killed the third one with her sword. Jane and her wolf knocked out the fourth Hobgoblin and the team surrounded their captures.

Bob intimidated the Hobgoblins into telling them about their people and then takes the heads of the dead ones as trophies. They move into the next room and listen at the door, Kerir and Jane hear chanting on the other side. They enter to find the goblin Lhupo, who the others had told them about, and two other goblin acolytes. Battle ensued. The team moved in, Willow finishing off one of the acolytes with her sword while Kerri shot the leader. As the final goblin was distracted, Bob smashed his axe into him, finishing the last of them off.

Rama’s glowing axe lit the room. A stone altar stood in the middle of the room covered with black cloth. A chalice, knife and censor are on the altar. The windows are covered with heavy curtains.

Willow, Kerri and Rama recognized that this was an altar to Maglubiyet, the God of Goblins and Hobgoblins. They had clearly destroyed the previous religious artifacts of the room before installing their own. Willow looks closer at the implements on the altar and notices they are made out of gold. She takes them.

Back in the room through some double doors they passed earlier, the group was assaulted by a giant worm coming out of the walls.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Twelve
Sneaking around

Kerri was pretty disappointed that she didn’t get to kill the dragon but it’s gone now so her town can now start to rebuild. An Elven Duelist named Jane came up asking to join the party to help get revenge on the goblins for killing her elven clan. The group readily accepts her help.

Everyone want to go back to town for supplies and booze. Bob’s cousin already waited this long for rescue. what’s another day or two or three? They were rewarded 100 gold for taken care of orcs. The townspeople threw a big party for the group for taking care of all the problems around town. They ate and drank their fill then camped out at Willow’s aunt’s farm for the night before heading to left for Cragmire castle.

Coming up to the castle, the party decides to wait until nightfall to try to scout around the castle. Learning from last time, Bob is told to stay put since he’s terrible at sneaking. Willow, Kerri, and Jane sneak around to see what they could find out about the castle’s defenses.

They investigated a path further to the south and discovered a side door and some rubble. Above the rubble they can just make out some bodies in bed rolls.

“Are they dead bodies or bodies that are alive?” Kerri wondered. Nobody knows.

The party sends Willow up the stairs to the door. Willow manages to pick the lock silently and peek in. She sees an empty coridoor and motions to the others to join her. Surprisingly, Bob manages to be silent but unfortunately Rama trips on a rock on his way to the stairs, fell down and makes a bunch of noise, waking the goblins. The bodies in the bedrolls were definitely not dead…

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Willow strikes first and takes one of the goblins out! The rest used ranged weapons to reach the goblins and kills another one. The last goblin disappeared from view.

Kerri enters the castle but she couldn’t see anything down the dark hallway. Everyone else was gathering in the entrance when suddenly a goblin kicks down the door to their left!

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Kerri takes the first shot at the rude goblin but he stays up, squealing in pain. Bob roars in fustration as every time his sacred flame was blocked. The party isn’t doing the best at taking down the attackers.

Fortunately, Elewin manages to slay their leader and some of the goblins started fleeing after seeing their leader fall. The party makes quick work of the rest of the goblins after that.

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SCAAR - Lost Mine of Phandelver - Session Eleven
What’s lighter than air

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The group stood atop the roof of the green dragon’s tower looking down as it stared back up at them askance.

“What’s lighter than air, and is it your gas?” Bob yelled inexplicably down at the dragon.
“Get off my roof or I’ll get you down” the dragon replied.
“How will you get us down?” Bob quipped.
“It involves lots of entrails all over the place” the dragon said.

Rama ended the discussion with a javelin. It struck the dragon, hurting and angering it.
Kerri fired an arrow, Bob hurled a sacred flame, Elewin cast Flaming Sphere, Willow shot an arrow too and Rama flung another javelin. All of the attacks struck true, the final javelin clearly hurting the dragon most of the total barrage. The dragon took aim at Rama, unleashing a powerful gust of poison gas. Rama held on, but barely.

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The team was shaken. Kerri fired an arrow down as Bob reacted quickly to Rama’s plight, casting healing word on Rama as the dragon began to climb the side of the tower to escape Elewin’s flaming sphere. Bob then let off a sacred flame at the dragon. The damage from each individual party member seemed minimal, yet already the dragon appeared to be in rough shape.

Elewin released 3 magic missiles at the dragon while Willow fired off another sneak attack. Rama hurled his last javelin and gathered his strength for a second wind. He wasted no time, leaping from the wall onto the dragon’s back, biting back the pain from the landing, he swung his great axe into the dragon’s flesh, hurting it greatly. The dragon clawed furiously at Rama, causing him to fall, unconscious, to the floor 10 feet below. Weakened severely, the dragon took to the sky. Kerri fired, managing to hit it, Bob missed with his sacred flame, Elewin struck it with three more magic missiles, and Willow missed entirely. Rama rose from unconsciousness and stared up at the team as they lowered their weapons. The dragon soared onward, finally out of range of their attacks.

Though disappointed that the dragon had escaped, they had succeeded in their quest. Kerri was satisfied that the dragon had been run off from her hometown and Willow was more than happy to count the treasure which it had left behind.

In the dragon’s stash they found 800 silver, 150 gold, 4 silver goblets set with moonstones, a scroll of misty step, a scroll of lightening bolt, and a dwarven battle axe with dwarvish runes on it. Bob recognized the word “Hew” in the runes. They knew it to be magical and extra effective against creatures or objects made of wood.

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MOP - Session 10

-The party makes its way to the Thundretree, which is now in ruins. This is Kerri’s hometown
-The party hears a dragon’s roar
-The party retires in an abandoned taphouse, and during their rest a figure knocks on the door slowly and quietly
-The stranger introduces himself as Reidoth, and offers help in slaying the dragon. He mentions it needs to be tonight
-Reidoth has been here to study the young dragon, which is large and green and lives in the tower
-He recommends that the party not stay too long
-Party encounters the dragon

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