Our session opened with the party attempting to assimilate the dwarves to their new surroundings and decide whether or not they should head back to the seven pillard hall, take an extended rest, or search the rest of the Horned hold.
They elected to search the rest of the hold in hopes of finding and rescuing the halflings that made up the rest of Windy’s crew. The first room they entered was a foyer that had a huge bas-relief of a dwarven army being slaughtered by a legion of demons. across from that was a very ornate door and they entered that room next. I turned out to be the very richly furnished quarters of the duergar chieftain Murkelmoor who the party had just slain. After a brief search they located a heavy iron chest under the bed and Nemanock unlocked it using the key they pilfered of the dead duergar’s body. Indie they founf a black velvet bag that Bearn imediately claimed as his, surprising even himself, and which contained quickstrike bracers that were part of the artifact set that he is acquiring. This caused his accordance with the artifact ring to increase to the point that ring now additionaly allows him to use the 9th level warlord daily power “Knock them all down.” Also in the chest was 261 gp and an onyx statue worth 250 gp. Finally, there was a +2 amulet of protection which they decided should go to Thunefir.
Next they went to the room with all the cisterns and discovered it was where the prisoners were being held and two spiked demons that were guarding/taunting them fled when they entered. They rescued the emaciated halflings and brought them back to the main area to be taken care of by the dwarves and they went to check out the last area, some sort of abandoned temple. Aditionally, there were three halflings (Huey, Dooey, and Louiy) taken away before the rest were rescued. Who took them and where did they take them?
No sooner had they entered the room then they were beset by seven wights who drained them of a healing surge with each successful hit.
The battle was tense because people were running out of healing surges before they ven started. Ultimately, they were defeated and Thunefir was very threatening with his flaming maul, though true to his character he didn’t actually hit them very often, but when he did it waas most grievous, most grievous of all was radiant damage attacks which he had in abundance.
After applying the wight-out, they went back to the main room and shared some loot with the dwarves that were already there and everything else they put in their several chests which were then put in their bag of holding.
The next morning they brought the halflings back to Wrafton’s Inn at the seven pillared hall. Along the way they met up with the kobold charrak, who had a message for them from a shadowy figure who terrified the poor kobold into venturing into the catacombs in search of the party. The note was unsigned, but it said: “Your actions against the Duergar are commendable. I am in a position of power in the evil organization behind the Duergar’s actions, and I wish to help you defeat my comrades. I have been seeking a way out of the organization and I believe you can help me. Follow the attached map so that we can meet in secret.” They decided to take the halflings back to the Inn first and then talk to Gendar before they ventured into this likely seeming trap.
There was much rejoicing all around when they got back to the Inn, but they passed up the immediate celebration and visited Gendar. Gendar had no information to offer about the meeting or the note, but they traded him the onyx statue from Murkelmoor’s room for his estimate on what the mages of saruun might think about the elimination of the Grimmerzhul Duergar and whether they should approach them about this meeting. He told them that the mages liked to remain aloof and unapproachable and any meeting with them would likely end up with provoking them and then they would have to fear the apearance of the ordinator arcanis which usually means the death of somebody. He did add that the mages were none to happy with the Duergar slaving activities, not because they had anything against slaving, but because it attracted the attention of Cormyr. The fact that the income lost by the duergar’s disappearance might be offset by the income gained from the Deepgem Dwarves…If that income were replaced soon enough.
The party is now deciding what to do next:
Go to the meeting
Acquire some minor magic items