Faerun Run

Trust a Shopkeeper or Trust a Cat?

Having spent the night among the several small bodies, our group continued trying to find a way out of the mysterious dungeon they have been trapped in. Down the corridor, they made their way through a hidden door and interrupted two mysterious human-sized figures who were covered by black cloaks inside a room with a familier setup. The figures escaped through another door and collapsed the tunnel behind them. In the room was a sorcerer, a hungover dwarf, and a frightened shopkeeper from Teziir. They had been drinking in The Throw It Back Tavern in Westgate, when a priest of Gond came in and started buying everyone dinner and rounds of drinks. Their memories become fuzzy, and then they were awakening on cloth mats in this mysterious dungeon. The group found this story somewhat familier…

The dwarven fighter Rufus, awakening hungover and in strange surroundings (neither of which is probably very unusual for him), immediatly attacked the drow in the party. Valtyr managed to deftly avoid his attempts at combat, and finally managed to calm him down somewhat for the time being.

Meanwhile, the shopkeeper, Eesa Gonadi, seemed to be very nervous and frightened by the cat Morris. He attempted to explain this by saying he was alergic to cats. The cat obviously does not like him at all either. Eesa was in a panic about being in the strange dungeon and offered everyone a hundred gold each and their pick of merchandise from his shop if they just got him back to his home unharmed. The party promptly ignored this offer. Immediatly deciding to trust the cat over Eesa, the warforged Aegis took the frightened human into his personal custody.

Backtracking a bit to a secret door they had been unable to open earlier, the group found a small room with a 5’ diameter bottomless hole and a few coins scattered about. Moving onward thanks to some quick thinking from the cat, they found themselves slowly pursued by the hole itself. Fleeing the hole, they quickly dispatched a few stirges and ducked into a room with a high exit and found a few beans and a bad pun.

Eesa, in a somewhat bad state after being forced into combat by his new metal keeper, almost lead a few of the characters to an unknown horrible fate when he got a bit greedy in a room full of gold. But he did discover something nifty about dead things, if anyone was paying attention…

The party finally found the apparent end to this insane place in a glowing blue portal, and almost walked right into a gelatinous cube blocking the hallway in front of it. After some intense combat, they had barely managed to bloody the creature when Aegis forced it backward through the portal.

Will it be there fully healed, with reinforcements, waiting on them when they dive through the portal themselves? Is Eesa prepared to make good on his offer if the party gets him home after the way he’s been treated? What’s up with him and the cat, anyway? Why did the drow who can walk up walls with ease suddenly fall flat on his face when he was just thinking about causing harm to the cat? Who the hell are those mysterious black-robed figures speaking in undercommon? And just where on Toril (hopefully) is this portal going to lead? Is Eesa Gonadi the most ridiculous NPC name ever given by a random name generator?
Find out next session! Or not! Actually, probably just get more confused!

Kidnapped and lost with strangers. And a cat.

Our sort-of heroes blacked out in the bar of The Bag and Flagon Inn while a priest of Gond was buying everyone food and many rounds of drinks. Including a housecat that wandered in. The priest was celebrating becoming very rich somehow, or something like that. Their memories are pretty fuzzy.

They awoke to the sound of whispered voices speaking in undercommon. The owners of the voices seemed to be upset that the party was awakening sooner than they expected, which interupted whatever they were doing. The mysterious duo ran away before the party fully regained conciousness.

The group opened their eyes and found themselves and the cat from the bar lying on padded cloth mats in a small dungeon room, wearing identical long white gowns and cheap sandals, and equiped with waterproof bags full of an odd assortment of items. The cat was not equiped with gown, sandals or bag, although that would have looked hilarious. Their equipment, minus most of their weapons, was lying in the corner. There was an expensive red velvet cushion with an assortment of unusual daggers on it, and a strange magical bag also in the room. Despite everyone being complete strangers, the cat is the only person anyone felt like introducing themselves to.

After making their way through some round hidden doors and across an appearing bridge over a literally bottomless pit, they confronted a small band of orcs who were peacefully eating an expensive wheel of cheese when some sort of metal golem appeared in a flash of purple lightning and blue fire. The party decided to attack the orcs, even though they were only trying to run past them to safety. They chucked the orcs into the bottomless pit and had a few Portal flashbacks. Still not having even told each other their names, everyone introduced themselves to the metal golem. And nobody wondered about the little doll and the huge rubber gloves that came out of the bag.

Then they had their first encounter with a magic-dead area, where they obtained a really nifty gauntlet. Wandering onward, they discovered a huge room full of dead dwarves, gnomes, and halflings who were all happy to lend the party a hand. After gathering somewhat better weaponry left by those hands, our clueless crew camped amongst the fallen warriors.

Who kidnapped the group and how? Just what in the 9 hells is going on? What did those whispered voices mean when they said this was “just a test run anyway”? Does the party even care about any of this, or will they just forget about it and go start a fight in the nearest bar when they finally escape whatever this is?
The cat, who wears a mythril collar and is either named Quixialante or Morris or both, seems to be more than it appears. Is it just a cat? Is it a polymorphed ancient red dragon? Is it just that the DM was bored and couldn’t come up with an interesting NPC?

Stay tuned! The answers to none of these questions are probably going to be found soon!


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