Eberron: Expeditionforged

19.08.2013: Alliances

The day after Sharroos’s nightly visit was spent mostly in construction. Fix created a Scroll of Fireball to prepare for the night, and he was asked for the design of a winch. Since the artificer actually knows something about engineering but had no time to provide blueprints, he simply gave the party a list of parts they will need to provide at the very least.

Bone and Jaeger decided to continue the search for a suitable location for a quarry. A few paces from the camp they realized that it was right beside a very high rampart. Which would really be almost ideal for mining. Having realized this, they commissioned the winch from Fix because of the 100ft. climb from the bottom of the gorge. Since the parts Fix ordered them to provide included some which would need to be created in a forge, the Guard obligated to provide them asked for a source of water. He could probably provide enough heat to work on the metal bars he already had with minimal effort but there was nothing to cool and harden the metal. Bone began making a hole for storing rainwater since there would most definitely be rain sooner or later in the humid, tropical atmosphere of the island. His plan also included converting the hole to a pair of stairs because the barbarian envisioned them expanding underground sooner or later.

Sharroos finally arrived, and the characters were instructed to follow his voice. They complied and were guided by a pair of Sharroos’s warriors who emerged from the shadows. On the way, Sharroos explained his plan: the Warforged would charge straight at the big tent at the end of the cavern since he was convinced that Irranna had taken it over during his absence. His men would neutralize the guards and take on the rest of the enemies, distracting them from helping Irranna against the party. They saw no reason to question this tactic although it would most probably result in the biggest danger aimed at them.

When they arrived near the cavern, Sharroos and Fix began pumping spells to prepare for the battle. Fix used Bull’s Strength and Cat’s Grace on Bone’s equipment and finished with an Enlarge Person from his wand. Sharroos also used spells to increase his power.

The ambush they began the combat with failed because Sharroos’s men were spotted. However, they had managed to sneak close enough to pepper the guards with poisoned bolts which dropped half of them before they sounded the alarm despite having no real advantage of surprise. The camp was awakened and Sharroos ordered the Warforged to charge at the tent. Bone was the first to enter the camp, and when he sluggishly advanced further, the Drow had already prepared and peppered him with bolts and eldritch blasts. However, the onslaught barely scratched him apart from the magical energies. Fix was following him with a torch to provide illumination. Jaeger, on the other hand, stopped to chop up a caster and some warriors, abandoning the plan. Sharroos advanced on the other side of the camp and let his mount dispatch his enemies for the most part.

Bone was alarmed by the possibility of an ambush and warily used his great size to his advantage to avoid the readied attacks of the thralls by the flap door of Irranna’s tent. He then proceeded inside after the thralls had had a chance to withdraw and hide. Once inside, he fell for Irranna’s Charm. Fix followed him inside, revealing Irranna and a thrall by her side. He proceeded to launch a fireball at them, barely scathing the Drow. Irranna kept spouting sweet words at Bone as she advanced closer and stabbed him, snapping the Warforged out of its torpor. When the thralls attempted to attack him, he tripped two of them but a third one managed to sneak to his flank from behind a pillar. However, its attack missed miserably.

Bone entered a rage and began battering Irranna. He successfully tripped her and the thrall who had sneaked too close. The infiltrator was hurt badly, and on her turn, she activated the thralls’ fast healing and attempted to surprise Bone with a dart attack from her mouth. The Warforged was hit but the attack barely hurt him due to his adamantine plating. When the thralls began getting back on their feet, he swung his chain at each of them, his reflexes still boosted by Fix’s infusion. This dropped the thrall that had originally stayed by Irranna’s side but the rest managed to hurt him badly with their superhuman strength.

Jaeger had been on a killing spree against the Drow warriors on his side of the battlefield. Sharroos had also began attacking them with his magic, and he shredded the last caster with the help of his mount. Having heard the sound of battle from the tent, Jaeger switched places with Bone using his psionic powers. Sharroos was told that the enemy leader had been defeated – and he had just led the slaughter of all the defectors personally. Declaring Irranna dead, he dismounted and headed inside the tent to see her body for himself. However, Bone’s triumph had been premature for the Infiltrator had merely been reduced to a dying state and the parasite had managed to reconstruct enough of her body to use its power to dimension door away from the camp. Enraged, Sharroos ordered his men to search the perimeters for her. Before escaping, Sharroos ordered the last thrall to immolate. When she had lost consciousness, they had dropped their weapons and began to spout in panic due to knowing that they were doomed. Jaeger had used this opportunity to kill one of them, not understanding that they had already surrendered. He was hit badly by the immolating thrall that was right beside him.

The party searched Irranna’s tent only to conclude that she and her thralls had led an eerily unhuman life: nothing on the thralls’ person showed any personality, and the tent only had Irranna’s throne, the altar, and beds for the thralls. Nothing else. They did recognize the symbol of Nehushta on the throne, and they also salvaged the greatswords left behind by the thralls as well as Irranna’s magical spear which Fix identified on the spot.

Afterwards, the party followed their own trail back to their headquarters, led by Bone. Sharroos had spitefully promised to leave them be but reminded them that Irranna was not yet gone.

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