Such is the Heart of Madness

Escape from the Oozing Temple

We don't drown in Leoman's Tiny Hut!!

After Valantar stumbled into the pit trap and was set upon by the black pudding within, with Dawnbringer firmly in control of his grip on the sword in her fully lit form, and a little help from Erythedine despite the dazzling glare on his sensitive eyes, quickly dispatched the pudding. Unable to put Dawnbringer away, Erythedine had to help Valantar climb from the pit.

Once escaped from the pit, Valantar focused on resolving his conflict with Dawnbringer by having Ront force his hand open to release the weapon. After one unsuccessful attempt, the two managed to pry Valantar’s fingers from the hilt as Ront took the weapon and its blade extinguished. With only a little prodding, Ront dropped the fascinating weapon into Valantar’s pack…

Glabbagool led the way around the bend into the main chamber of this structure as the rest of the party jumped the pit or moved around another way. Godric, being the oldest of the group thought jumping over a pit seemed like too much effort when there are other paths available, and so he moved on to one of the middle paths before stepping onto another pit trap, but managing to quickly grab the edge and pull himself out, only to be set upon by another black slime…

This one lashed against Godric’s back, leaving a sizable hole through his outfit as its acid continued to eat away at the edges of the material. Ghecx, having followed Godric, proceeded to launch spell after spell at the creature, taking a blow to his own chest, which prompted him to strip off his robes as he backed away and continued his casting…

Ront and Valantar, hearing the sounds of fighting, turned and ran back into the fray, Valantar taking the short route and Ront going around as Godric shuffled behind Valantar gave him an inspiring cheer. Alas, Godric should have paid more attention, to where he placed his feet, as he fell into a third trap. Again he caught the edge and lifted himself out. Again, a pudding pulled itself out of the pit hungry for material to consume. Ront came charging down this hallway, pulling out the man-catcher taken from the kuo-toa slain near Sloopbludop, so that he didn’t have to get so close to this thing. Ront does not play with things that try to eat him!! With the man catcher in hand, Ront proceeded to jab it into the pudding and spin it quickly. Eventually reducing the pudding to a pile of unmoving goo and the man-catcher to a simple stick. The second pudding soon fell under the onslaught of javelins and magic from Ghecx and Valantar.

The party proceeded into the large room, strange formless statues adorning the alcoves along the west wall, Jimjar splashing about in the fountain, and a broken pedestal rising up out of it. A quick assessment showed Jimjar to be the only thing moving in here, so the group moved over to investigate the strange statues while Glabbagool moved off to the east wall out of the way and listened to the conversation about the statues. Suspecting a trap, Erythedine, Valantar, Ront, & Ghecx drew stones to see who would touch the strange statue as they all prepared to slice, blast, shoot, and whack it. Valantar drew the small stone and reached out the tip of his sword. Upon contact, only that ooze began to move and was immediately rendered inert. Quick work on the next three.

Now that all the oozes stopped moving, attention turns to Jimjar as he is straightening up. A quick scan of the pool shows it to be empty, save the water. Valantar becomes suspicious that the svirfneblin is cheating them and advances on him after Jimjar states that he was just poking around the pool. As he advances, Valantar draws his sword. Jimjar, looking for help, turns to Ront and yells, “Ront! I’ll bet you an axe that couldn’t pin Valantar!” Ront flies into a rage, rushes across the room, pushing past Valantar, and swings full force his axes into the deep gnome, lifting him from the ground, and driving his axes in again until Jimjar falls limp. Grabbing the gnome by his head, Ront removes his head with another swing of his axe, picks up the small creature, and smashes his head against the wall until it breaks open and Ront slurps out blood and brain and small bone fragments, while everyone watches the sudden brutality with emotion ranging from caution, curiosity, fear, indifference, and irritation…

Valantar, ever the opportunist, proceeds to search the gnome’s body, finding various small items of little value and a pouch. When he looked into the pouch, all he saw was darkness, and that and it’s weight suggested to him that it was empty. Erythedine, more familiar with arcane arts from his drow upbringing and Godric, with all the stories he had collected, recognized that this might be more than a simple pouch. While Godric bragged about dwarven crafting, Erythedine urged Valantar to reach into the bag, which he did with excitement, slicing his hand on the point of a javelin he had given Jimjar recently. “So that’s where that went…” he mused as he proceeded to empty the bag over the hour, sharing the loot our among the group…

While this went on, several retraced their steps looking for a way out of this temple, and finding none, returned to report that. Also, that there was water flowing into another room slowly filling it. Ghecx decided that while these bumblers looked for a brute way out, he would see what options were available from the ether. Casting blink, he proceeded to search the fountain room and the water inflow while in the ethereal plane. The water inflow was part of an underground river flowing above, with only a small barrier of rock betweenit and the room. After his search found nothing better elsewhere in the temple, Ghecx ended his spell and reported his findings to the group. Godric suggested that he could create a magical space for the party to rest in while they broke open the ceiling and let the temple flood quickly. Despite some distrust of magic (Ront), the party settled on this plan, cast the spell, sent Ront to break the ceiling, and proceeded to wait as the Temple of the Oozes flooded around them…

As the spell began to wear thin, Godric woke the sleepers and everyone prepared to swim to the surface of the river. At this point Godric brought up that he wasn’t quite certain on how the whole swimming thing worked, but that he was quite sure he could manage…

3. 2. 1. Swim! As the spell ended, letting the water move in a wall toward the party. The cold and the force of the impact stunned both Godric and Sareth, forcing Ront and Bloater to ferry them up and out in addition to their other charges (Erythedine & Stool). Glabbagool simply shimmied to the opening and floated up behind everyone else, cresting the surface 10 more feet up and moving to the dri-er section of the cave here. Ery, quickly set out with Bloater to scout the only dry tunnel from this chamber, leaving the rest of the murderous troupe to settle, and prepare to set out. Ery had only gone a few hundred feet when he noticed something was off in the air. A smell of toxic gas. As he turned to head back, he began to hear noises. A couple seconds of listening revealed the sounds to be coughing of small creatures. Ery waited until one came into sight down the tunnel, revealing a goblin, then turned and ran, yelling to alert the troupe…

As Ery hustled back down the tunnel, our murderous troupe stepped into their preferred battle locations. As the hacking goblins saw the group and caught their breath, they heard Goblin orders being barked. As the goblins began to move toward the troupe, Ront stepped out and roared a challenge, intimidating all the goblins, save one, into place. The boss stepped up, yelled at the orc that these are HIS tribe and charged. Ront easily sidestepped the strike and casually laid out the boss, turned to the other goblins, and told them in Common, “I’m the boss now. You follow me.” “Yes, boss.” the goblins muttered. These then proceeded to tell the new boss how he didn’t want to go the way they came because of lots and lots of bad air…

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