Tuesday, May 17, 2022

May 15 Session 3 Recap: The Party arrives at the Shrine

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Luna and Cutie Pie pressed on towards the shrine.  Through the woods they reached the edge of a massive swamp.  Miles into the swamp they considered turning back because the slog was so difficult.  They found a doorway with a frog carved above it.  They had found the shrine.  They looked through the door but the room extended into darkness . They wanted to light a lantern but realized they didn’t have a way to light it.  A plan to use sticks failed since all the swamp wood was waterlogged.  A little bit of light illuminated the first steps into the chamber.  They saw cobblestones submerged under ankle deep water.  In the water they saw hundreds of swimming tadpoles and frogs. Luna considered entering parasol first as a makeshift shield but they decided to hurl a mud ball into the room first.  The mud ball splashed aways away.  The splash elicited a “Hello!” from the darkness.  It was Romulus!  Romulus  reached the shrine before the other two and bravely decided to step inside to see if he could find anything.  Now that the three were reunited Romulus was able to light Cutie Pie’s lantern with his flint and steel.  Emboldened, they entered the flooded room and could see a rusted bell hanging from the ceiling, four stone pillars, stone walls, a door to the north and one to the west.  They also saw two albino toad wraiths in the northwest corner of the room gathering toads in wicker baskets.  The wraiths, occupied by their task, paid them no mind.  The team used Romulus’ tusk spear to check the south end of the room for pit traps but found none.

They also searched the nearby walls and found an oddity in the west wall but couldn’t determine what it might be.  They considered fighting the wraiths but Romulus suggested giving them what they were looking for (toads) in an attempt to gain their favor.  Everyone started grabbing at the fattest toads they could see but only Cutie Pie was able to catch any with an impressive nine toads.  Luna, the sneakiest, was tasked with delivering the toads gathered in her cloak.  She quietly approached the wraiths who slowly and loosed an unholy screech!  Their long fingers snatched the toads, added them to their baskets, and disappeared through the north door.

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