Session 3: The Swamp is Annulled. Day 3 Adeya wakes up and realizes she’s on the floor of the cave, surrounded by rocks and dirt. She slowly stands up, knocking a few rocks aside, and dusts herself off. She can see the faint glow of Jarem’s sunrod and hears Elara’s voice in the distance. She can’t see anything, other than the faint spot of the sunrod, so she grabs one out of her pack and lights it. The firs thing she sees is a strange wolf-dog heading her way. It has runes all of it’s scruff. It seems pretty uninterested in her, once she lights the rod, so she decides to ignore it. Elara, who escaped the collapse of the cave unscathed, checks the freed humans. Jarem is also ok, and sees the wolf-dog attempting to pull something from the rubble. He goes to investigate and finds the wolf-dog trying to pull Thoradin out from under some rocks. He lends a hand and Thoradin is freed. Everyone seems to be accounted for, except Endis.
Meanwhile…Mbutu is awoken by small tremor. It’s not the earthquake that wakes him though, it’s an apple falling off a tree and hitting him on the head that wakes him. As he takes in his surroundings, he hears a voice. He looks around frantically, but there is no one in sight. Sitting on the ground next to him is Plank, his trusty wooden companion. Plank is Mbutu’s implement, though nothing more than a jagged piece of wood with a face scrawled on it. Oddly enough, a mushroom has sprouted on Plank’s face, in the perfect spot to form a nose. Plank begins to speak again. It’s quite possible Mbutu is still hallucinating from the mushrooms he ate earlier. Or it could be that the magic imbued in Plank has given him some form of sentience. Either way, Plank guides Mbutu back to the cave.
In the morning, the group meets in the main room of the 12th Bell and discovers that the Yellow Jackets have already left. Endis also appears downstairs, much to the surprise of the group. He is unsure of how he got there, as he has no memory of the evening. The party decides to head back into the swamp, more to find out what’s down the right passage in the cave, and less to check up on the Yellow Jackets. The party reaches the cave without any trouble from the bullywogs. Once inside the cave, they light a few sunrods and head in deeper. They come around a corner and find Sir Decker’s ward suspended above a cauldron surrounded by hungry bullywogs. The party attacks in an effort to save the boy. During the battle, Endis throws the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch into the fray. Elara cuts the rope that the boy is suspended by and he falls into the cauldron. Adeya rushes over, pulls him out and drags him out of the blast zone. Thoradin, who is fighting the leader of the bullywog group, manages to throw his opponent into the blast zone and the bullywogs are defeated. Elara sees to the ward, checking that he is ok. His name is Jakob and he informs the group that the Yellow Jackets all went crazy, talking to themselves. Sir Decker killed one of his own party members, the Nightwalker. At this news, Adeya’s puppy dog devotion turns to dread as she knows that loyalty is everything to a group of adventurers. The group, unsure of Decker’s whereabouts, continues to head into the cave, taking the right passage. At the end of the passageway, they find a mausoleum. In elvish, the name Arch Druid Woodrove of the Forgotten Grove is written upon it. Endis attempts to pursuade the group not to desecrate the grave, but Thoradin knocks down the door. The mausoleum is filled with fresh flowers, a coffin, and little else. As the party enters, with Jakob in tow, the cave behind them begins to fill with vines and mushrooms and moss, similar to what grew in the part of the cave Elazarel had taken over. The vines and muchrooms continue to grow at a rapid rate, seeming almost of chase after the group. In a panic, Mbutu shuts the door of the mausoleum behind him. A cold wind begins to blow and the wind speaks in elvish. It asks what