In this episode, the group…
- Continue their skill challenge through Umbraforge
- Confront Modra in the foundry
- Get detained
After their show of skill against the bone cruncher clan the 5Bs the group continue there skill challenge. The skill challenge lead them into the remaining areas where the information below was discovered. Ten successes needed before 3 failures and the group started at 5 successes 0 failures (I must make these harder).
“Sarshan is shadar-kai, an outcast who made a name for himself as the leader of a legendary mercenary band known as the Black Arrow. At their height, the Arrow put so much fear in generals and kings alike that Sarshan would take payment to fight for one group, then take a bigger payment from their foe to stand down.”
“Modra is known well in Umbraforge, but for all the wrong reasons now. He as one of Sarshan’s trusted lieutenants before he tried to a broker a weapons deal that Sarshan had already turned down.”
“The job that Sarshan refused was some orc king’s raid on a dwarven citadel. Sarshan never makes a sale if it has a chance of coming back to him, and for good reason. This job went bad, they say, and people know that Modra sold the orc his weapons.”
“Modra is long gone from Umbraforge and the Shadowfell, believe me. Sarshan’s got a long arm and a longer memory. The creeper would have to be crazy to come back here”
“The foundry is the new jewel of Sarshan’s operations. Its power comes from the fire and shadow driving its furnaces. Sarshan’s sages create beasts of battle there, born killers with magic in their blood.”
During the skill challenge the 5Bs are approached by Leena
The shadar-kai witch wears a black cloak edged with adamantine beads, and she keeps her long hair plaited to
hang down her back. Gold piercings line her ears and lower lip, and a black starburst tattoo encloses her right eye.
“Modra and I worked together for a time, but when heelected to go behind Sarshan’s back, I told him we weredone. I heard word of him in the camps even before you started asking around. He has a plan to disrupt Sarshan’s operations by destroying the foundry, then the tower. Sarshan has a private tunnel connecting the two, and Modra is planning on venting the foundry’s destructive energy there. A mass of mercenaries is moving out tonight. He’ll be using that as cover when he goes inside. Modra’s made his bargain with fate, and honor decrees that he die for his betrayal. He won’t get tears from me. But if Sarshan captures him, he’ll die slowly. If it’s you, I’ll hope you make it quick. I know of a secret entrance into the foundry to avoid the guards on the front gate.”
The 5Bs wait for the opportune time and make their entrance to the foundry…
A claxon call of horns sounds out from the west. A haze of red light glimmers against the clouds as the cascade of the
magma shadow rift flares. As Leena predicted, a huge force of mercenaries is on the move, heading out along the east road. The area around the foundry is deserted; the guards at the tower and the bridge have turned eastward to watch as Sarshan’s forces move out.
The red glow of the lava trench is shrouded by shifting clouds of shadow and steam. Huge stone vats with steel doors line both sides of this massive chamber, where great arrangements of pipes and vents connect them. Two squads of what look like hobgoblins, their bodies seemingly cloaked in shadow, work here, supervised by another cloaked figure. They work busily at two sections of pipe that divert and channel the lava flow. Closer to the door, two other Shadowgoblins stand guard.
The 5Bs move in carefully and engage Modra in conversation. Modra explains that he plans to destroy the foundry as a diversion so that he might escape with Sarshan having other things on his mind. Modra panicks and releases a vat.
The dark creeper snarls as he sprints for the closest vat, pulling down on a great lever next to the door. He dodges
out of the way of a blast of steam. As the door opens, it spills a huge mass to the ground in a fountain of viscous green fluid. Out of it rises an enormous two-headed boar with the body of a man, bellowing as it claws the ground.
Modra tries hard to control the beats but loses the battle, the party help to slay it but Modra uses the opportunity to try and escape again. The battle goes on with the lava bursting it’s banks and flooding all over the foundry. The party are cut off from the tunnel that would take them into Sharshans tower and heave to head for the street, where they are confronted with a large number of armed guards
Fade to black until next time…..
- All characters get 375 XP each
- All characters made 7th level
Current XP Here
During this episode the treasure changed as follows;