Met Hilo on the river. She joined us and we caught her up.
Wedding bells before we reached town.
Pyrlig went off to handle the wedding note.
Anya too the hunters to the gypsies.
The rest of us were at loose ends until the pageant that night (The Founding of Trinsic, starring big but stupid blacksmith apprentice Nico as the Avatar, and co-starring Della the innkeeper’s gorgeous daughter)
Alamar and Hilo hung out listening to the music
Emrys took Riff clothes shopping (and gave him a thieving lesson that went in one ear and out the other)
At the pageant, Riff pickpocketed 4 sp. Went back for more and got caught, but slipped away.
Della kidnapped by monsters during the performance. We rushed backstage, found that she had been taken down a sewer grate into the Catacombs of Trinsic (complex, eerie, not just humans down there. Emrys has been down there before)
Into the Catacombs!
Found interesting tomb, welded shut, with tracks. couldn’t find secret door (if any), marked location for future reference
Followed other tracks
Found secret door
Wood-lined room, bags of flour and similar. Rope ladder to ceiling (conclusion: storeroom below noble house. Marked location)
Found huge spiral structure leading down out of sight. (Amazing potential)
NICO ARRIVED TO HELP. (Caps to represent his VOLUME)
Group calmed him, Emrys pickpocketed him (got a dagger)
Deeper into catacombs, crossing sewer water. Spotted hag-like creature that disappeared.
Corridor lined thick with hallucinogenic mushrooms (Hilo gathered a few for Riff after battle)
Battle here with humanoids that clearly descended from humans. They were quite at home with mushrooms. Hereafter called mushroom folk.
Discovered AMAZING library. Books on all kinds of subjects (any research here done with advantage). Riff read about magic. Emrys started cataloging. Emrys had to be all but dragged out (Alamar swore to return with him)
Nico grew impatient and rushed out into hallway. Eaten by grue. I mean gelatinous cube.
Finished gaining 10 tracking tokens (earned by Hilo with Alamar’s assistance)! Yay!
Found Della dangling in cage above pit in round chamber. Scaffolding all around. Altar with giant, cobbled-together Cthulhu-like figure. Mushroom folk chanting in a circle.
We attacked. Killed the mushroom folk and saved Della. (Emrys, Hilo and Riff nearly died)
Tried to take short rest. Assaulted by swarms of proselytizing rats. Once peaceful, now they mobbed to try to convert us to their religion. Or eat us. Tough to tell. Either way, we avoided them by climbing the scaffolding.
Eventually managed our short rest.
Backtracked to library, for long rest and additional day of rest and recovery.
Emrys researched that structure in the forest. Bronze plate etching on the sealed door read Dungeon of Deceit. Said to have all manner of ill-will creatures in its depths, and that nothing in it should be believed. (Also, said to house a shard of the Gem of Immortality.)
Della didn’t want to rest. Wanted to rush home. Took three of us to calm and convince her (Emrys finally did the trick with a 21)
On the way back, the “hag” accused us of trespassing. Demanded to hear our tragedies. Emrys told her of his death. She got a good laugh. Riff told her about his own origins. She came closer. Then hissed at Emrys and demanded that he back up (called him “tainted”). Said Riff had “so many more tragedies” ahead of him (if I heard that right)
Found a rendering plant outlet. Nasty.
Found an actual grate below the market square.
We managed to kill some ghouls without anyone nearly dying.
Got out through the grate.
Continued, realized we were in a maze.