Awake! Awake! Zoom! Zoom!
Ayse did not come with us because she is engulfed by schoolwork, so
Dave had to distract Ken with WoW geeking and we ended up taking a
longcut, but we were still ahead of schedule when we made it to Roseville
and discovered that Al and Sherilyn had traded their kids for a dog.
She's a very nice dog, some sort of poodle half with curly black fur,
but it was still surprising!
Eventually Harold arrived and we woke Marith up from her nap so we
Amazon Quintet of Justice Xd: "Betrayal! Queen Ditte on the
Plane of Snakes!"
When the Amazons, King Penn, and his troops return to the warehouse caves they've been looting,
they are unsurprisingly ambushed by highly-trained yuan-ti abominations.
One dies instantly of thermal shock when Amaryllis freezes them, but the
other four give the Amazons quite a hard time as they slither among the
stacks of military supplies. In the end, though, they are no match for
Our Heroines, and perish ignominiously.
The pilfering of military materiel goes much as it did before, with
sporadic snake attacks but no major hindrance. However, when Amaryllis
returns to Pelagos with the second load, she finds the military base in
shambles and nearly deserted! It seems that King Penn's men have not
been properly decontaminating the crates brought to them, and once
enough yuan-ti were in place, they slaughtered the undermanned and
undertrained garrison and started rampaging through the city. Amaryllis
gets a description of another military base, teleports there, has the
soldiers unload the crates and kill the snakes, and then takes the
soldiers back to the capital to help clean up. The fighting is already
mostly over, with the townspeople victorious (the yuan-ti being rather
short on elite warriors at this point), but Queen Ditte has been
When Amaryllis finally returns to the warehouse cave, King Penn is
understandably distraught and insists on returning immediately, so Fresa
collapses the warehouse behind them.
A witness to the queen's abduction claims that when the kidnappers
disappeared, they used a spell to travel to another plane of existance.
Amaryllis scries on the queen, but of course she is in an impenetrably dark
Fresa inquires of her god how the Amazons can obtain a key to the
plane where Queen Ditte is being held. The response (roughly translated
from Dwarvish) is
Over sand and under stone,
Hidden in a secret home...
Dragons are red,
Dragons are blue,
They are very happy,
When they eat you.
which can only mean one thing: the blue dragon in the mountains of
Karal. And maybe his new friend, the great red wyrm.
There are rumors that King Penn is not displeased with the current
state of affairs, as he was only King-Consort before Ditte got
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That only took a small part of our gaming time, but then we had to
come up with a plan for squishing the blue dragon, so there was no more
actual gaming. There was a lot of blithering, which eventually produced
a plan like this:
Sell all the falchions and breastplates (+2 to +4) that we've looted
from yuan-ti abominations, for a total of 155 000 gp(!).
Buy a wand of stoneskin and items of +6 Str, Dex, and Con.
Scry on the dragon at intervals until we finally catch it at home but
not completely buried.
Buff up: All the +6 items to Alyra, stoneskin on everyone,
shield other from Fresa on Amaryllis, endurance on them
both, greater magic weapon and elemental weapon as
needed, especially on Gabrielle's bow, fly as needed, mass
haste and protection from lightning on everyone.
Teleport in. The dragon will probably try to kill Amaryllis
immediately, in accordance with the rule of "always waste the
spellcaster", but stoneskin, endurance, and shield
other should make it nearly impossible for it to kill her in one
Amaryllis's first action will be to contain the dragon and Alyra in a
forcecage. Fresa will hold her action to counterspell any
attempt by the dragon to teleport out of the cage.
Starting on her next action, Amaryllis will take over counterspelling.
Fresa, Marika, and Gabrielle will attempt to keep her from getting savaged
by the dragon's pet hieracosphinxes, by killing them. As Gabrielle has the
opportunity, she will help out Alyra in the Force Cage Death Match with
archery (the cage is only 50% cover, so arrows will be wasted, but they're
Things we need to check on: Will a 20'×20'×20'
forcecage actually entrap a huge (long) creature? Does the blue
dragon have a new friend? Is anyone scrying upon the Amazons as they lay
their plans? What could Fresa or Amaryllis buy with 18 000 gp that would
aid in this endeavour?
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Cats: Glad to have me back to feed them.