Ken as Hapshetsut the Dragonborn Paladin, and Brandot the Eladrin Wizard
Kyri as Bash Nekap the Halfling Barbarian
Dan as Adaka the Githzerai Psion
With the interrogation of the devil prematurely ended, the characters turn to look at their surroundings and successfully uncover enough clues to find the camp.
They notice that the group they just battled wasn’t carrying more than a day’s rations, so they must be less than a days march from the camp.
The devils indicate to the more studious in the group that this is bigger than orcish raids.
As the party tries to determine how to proceed, several notice that the vine horrors they just fought are rapidly decomposing, and spores and particles appear to be drifting away, like they’re returning home. Scared that it might give away their position, Brandot quickly burns the spores and other useful information in a fiery blast, completely eliminating any chance of tracing the spores.
Regardless, the party is able to make their way to a camp, and finds an imposing fortification at the main gate. Somehow, they detach themselves from the mystical rails guiding them around, and try the back entrance. After a quick scramble through the broken down parts of the wall, they lay waste to the camp. Thurg the Orc Battlerager from the bridge is apparently a lot less savage without the krenshars to back him up. He is quickly bloodied, and while his troops pour from the tents to help, he invokes the power of his devilish masters to summon a shambling mound. Meanwhile, the elf girl is able to magic missile a few of the weaker devils and orcs.
Kneebash was engulfed twice by the mound, and nearly died, but the party comes through and kills the mound. Again, spores and small flitting creatures emerge from its rapidly decomposing form. They drift towards the summoning circle that it emerged from, and appear to flow through some sort of portal, back to their devil masters.
After the battle, the party finds a ceremonial dagger and 90gp in Thurg’s tent.
Experience: 2056 total.
200xp for finding the camp
4 By thurg – 252
4 from tents – 252
8 Orc Drudges (about) – 352
Thurg the Orc Battlerager – 400
Shambling Mound – 600
XP to date: 8899. Level at 10000.