One of the coolest moments from last Friday’s game occurred when Nobo was beside himself at the absence of Ned after the confrontation with Fendamar. I will always remember Nobo’s voice of frustrated concern, “Where’s Ned?” Well done, Nobo, well done.
Felkin brought sandwiches – which were awesome. We ate chips and sandwiches and funky mexi-marshmallow cookies, and ate and ate until we were satiated and then beyond. Someone noticed something funny about those cookies, and the marketing of cookie usury. Eventually we sat down to the matters at hand.
The Corpse Gatherer formed up outside the fallen walls of Ul’Batum, and immediately began stuffing the living into its giant churning body. The heroes from Dun Alden were soon running to confront the threat – and Blue Wizards appeared to bathe the monstrosity in blue fire. Urien was so excited to lay into the beast he could barely contain himself. He and Nobo and a yeoman of the guard, Neko(?) of House Komnenos, leapt into a boat and started madly paddling toward the thing. Silverwind, still back at the Temple worked feverishly to restore Lilia and Lessep (still in lizard form). Meanwhile, Arcturas, with his ring of underwater action, swam to the beasts legs, sword in hand. Before Arcturas, glowing in his armor of Kom Al’Choqfa, even reached the thing, it mightily stomped him to the river bed. Ned bathed the beast in red fire and Felkin’s deadly arrows hit home.
Arcturas landed mighty blow after mighty blow on the creature and it responded by picking him up and shoving him inside its own abdomen. He was buried and ground amongst the corpses, stones, armor and rotting flesh that comprised the beast, but with his glowing fire, and his magical shield, he cut himself free and fell back into the Rouanna River. Blow after blow fell on the beast and as it weakened, Fendamar appeared.
Nobo hit home with his harpoon and desperately hauled on the Beholder-poon’s chain – pulling the small boat and Urien’s great fire closer and closer to the Corpse Gatherer.
The chief of the Blue Wizards flew from Ul’Batum and commanded the monstrosity to stop – he held it from afar, like a puppet. In that same moment, other Blue Wizards cast spells which appeared to strengthen the creature – yet even as they did so, Nobo and Arcturas’ blows struck home and the beast fell – in a cascade of zombies. Finally Urien had his moment, he slew all within reach with a mighty sweep of his flaming blade – and Arcturas followed suit. The living horrors were swept aside – but in that same moment – a confrontation arose between Fendamar and our heroes.
Ned dropped a whirlwind on Fendamar – and Fendamar countered with a Meteor Swarm on Arcturas, Nobo, and Urien. Felkin had the moment and brought down one of Fendamar’s accomplices in Blue.
Before sanity was restored, Prismatic Spray was cast by Fendamar, and again, and again. Three Blue Wizards lay dead, Donan Gazmak was driven insane, and Ned was banished, alone, to a distant plane. Finally, Urien and Silverwind stood down – against the battle urgings of Nobo. Fendamar scolded the heroes for their misguided aggression and reminded them that the third worm of old, the third child of Zaghlool, was still healthy.
Fendamar directed his agents recover the bodies of his fallen servants (but not before Lilia could loot one of the corpses) and our heroes attended to the many wounded and fallen citizens of Na’Batum. Finally, after much healing and care-giving, our heroes retreated to the Temple of Iowe to rest their own wounds. In a far away desperate plane, Ned hid in a crack until he could use The Eye and return home. At last he did so – and Nobo was at ease.
And even as Ned appeared, he heard from Agadeera that an army of the Marghul-Toa, under their leader, Sgublugal Jadub Gura, march toward Na’Batum. They are 6 days away.
And that is where we ended the evening.
Questions remain: What is up with the Marghul-Toa? What and where is the Third Worm? Where is Queen Tulasamon and her boy, The King? What will happen to the giant Oynbokigon, now that it rests atop Ul’Batum? What is the state of the civil war in Na’Batum?