Dragging themselves to shore, sopping and soaking wet, the party found themselves sprawled before a large and beautiful unicorn. Introducing himself as Larry, brother of Lurue, the Goddess of adventure and magical beasts, Larry explained that he was sent by Lurue to find Elam, and make an important delivery. The rest of the party watched in confusion as Elam was handed a small horn, and a pale pink tome.
Larry, in his obvious attempts to impress and befriend the party, asked if he could hang around while they journeyed a bit, having nothing better to do. The party, unimpressed and seemingly annoyed, allowed Larry to tag along as they began travelling alongside the river bank.
Their uninterrupted journey lasted only an hour, when the party heard crashing and clunking coming from the river behind them. As they turned to investigate, they counted 14 barrels in the water sloshing their way towards the group. Elam proclaimed to the party that his Eldritch Bolt, with it’s ability to knock objects back 10 ft, would be the perfect means to extricate the barrels from the river without expending much effort. Wielding a fierce current of energy in his hands, he flung a bolt to the nearest barrel, which proceeded to explode, showering the opposite side of the river in the remnants of a barrel, metallic shards, and most assuredly what appeared to be pieces of a dwarf.
The party agreed, a crazy orc had attacked the barrel, and then darted off into the woods. Wasting no time to devise a new plan, Cynthia transformed into a large beaver, and quickly began chewing through a tree large enough to fall across the entirety of the river. With the tree acting as a safety net, the party began removing each of the barrels from the river. The group worked together to open each of the remaining 13 barrels, revealing 12 dead dwarves, and 1 dead halfling, all seeming to have drowned from water entering into the barrels. While the party couldn’t work out the significance of this encounter, they decided to loot the bodies of any valuables, and burn the corpses.
The group continued on their way along the river, eventually finding a good spot to camp for the night.
In the midst of the night, during his watch, Elam awoke the rest of the party as he heard something large stomping through the river. Acting quickly, the party all hid and climbed nearby trees. Elam, unluckily enough, slipped off the branch he had clambered onto and fell into the shallow part of the river, near a large armoured being slowly and steadily making it’s way up the river. Glimpsing briefly into the depths of the armour, Elam made note of the fact that while the suit of armour moved as if someone were inside of it, it was otherwise completely hollow. The armoured creature took no notice of Elam or the rest of the party, as it continued on it’s way. The party regrouped, and decided to rest through the remainder of the night.
Awaking early, and pranking one another, the party discussed the previous night’s occurrences, and explored their surroundings. Cynthia located a series of foot steps heading off into the forest, Elam located a nearby farm, and Lander tried to work out the destination of the river and nearest town. Upon reconvening, the party discussed their 3 options, and decided to investigate the farm, leaving behind Larry to guard the camp.
After hopping a fence, and travelling through a large cornfield, the party found themselves on the farm-grounds, nearby a large barn and the farmhouse, a well situated in between. An eerie quiet covered the grounds, and the party noted that there were no animals, or workers roaming about. Wasting no time, the party decided to split up with Cynthia and Elam checking out the farmhouse, and Lander investigating the barn.
Lander approached the barn and was surprised to find the doors barred from the inside. Moving around to the back of the barn, he located a loose board being agitated by the wind. Prying it open, Lander peered inside, though his limited vision revealed very little. As he glanced around however, he noticed a creaking noise and dust falling down from the ceiling above. Deciding to stick with caution, Lander quietly retreated to rejoin his companions.
Meanwhile, Elam and Cynthia scoped out the farmhouse. Exploring the first few rooms, nothing stood out, however once they entered into the kitchen, they were shocked to find 6 residents, all siting a table, each unmoving, and seemingly crafted out of stone. Unsettled, Cynthia and Elam quickly backed out of the house, bumping into Lander near the well. Discussing their findings, the group decided to first check out the barn.
As per their usual approach to any situation, the team summoned forth a collection of sheep. Elam entered into the barn leading one of his summoned sheep, sending the poor, innocent beast to the second floor alone, to deal with whatever moved about above. Out of sight, the party heard a loud bleating noise, followed by a heavy thud and abrupt quiet. A large man wearing a mask of skin lowered himself from the second floor, staring directly at Elam. Retreating through the back of the barn, Elam ran off to the farmhouse to grab jugs of flammable oil he had previously found, while Cynthia and Lander set about securing the barn.
Within moments, the barn was ablaze, however that didn’t stop the now-on-fire man from breaking free of it’s confines. Cynthia placed a spell in the sky to notify Larry of their trouble, while the party began fighting for their lives against the beastly figure.
Using the nearby well as a means for trapping and confusing their attacker, the party managed to make quick work of the monstrous figure, however their reprieve was short lived as once again the party was divided into two. Elam and Cynthia found their attention drawn to the noises coming from the depths of the well. Lander, entranced by something he glanced in the window of the farmhouse, found himself swaying alone in the kitchen, at the top of stairs leading into the cellar.
Elam and Cynthia immediately tried to back away from the well as they saw the sight of a strange woman crawling up the inner wall, though Elam found his wrist gripped tightly and painfully by the clawed woman. It was only by sheer luck that he managed to twist out of her grip and move away. As the woman crawled from the well, Elam and Cynthia were shocked to see that the female creature, though strong and full of vitality, was missing the lower half of her body, guts and entrails trailing behind.
Lander, still in the farmhouse, came to the decision that everything must go. Gathering as much oil as he could carry, he began to make his way back outside, though along the way, something small and Goblin-like attempted to attack him. Dodging the creature deftly, and not wasting time to investigate, Lander darted out of the farmhouse, slamming the door behind him. Seeing that his friends were in trouble, he quickly joined in the fray.
The party worked together to finish off the woman from the well, with Cynthia hurling her far off into the cornfield. The party readied themselves for another fight as they noticed something moving towards them at a great speed from the cornfields. They were shocked when Larry burst from it’s depths, his fur covered and matted in blood. “Fuck… something… in there…” he gasped.
Sharing a knowing look, the party used the remaining oil to set fire to the farmhouse, as well as the cornfields surrounding them. Larry gestured towards himself, and as each member of the party grabbed him, he cast a spell, teleporting the entire group back to their camp.
Glowing Short Sword
Various dwarf weaponry
Tome of Lurue
Potion of Cure Light Wounds +4