So, I’m going to try to do some recurring posts. First up, I will designate Thursday as Empire of the Petal Thursday or EPThursday. I will attempt to recount the exploits of my Wednesday night games run by +James Maliszewski
Last night, we were in the clan house of the Iron Pillar clan. Seven of us, four warriors (Chuminish, Kurukkemish, Komesh, and Viruish), two priests (Komish and Cherekelmir, my character) and a magic user (Ka’uleggish), had been invited to dinner with the head of the clan, Chusúnish. This clan house appeared to be in some sort of parallel dimension of death; coincidentally, these Iron Pillars are worshippers of the Five-Headed Lord of Worms, Master of the Undead, Guide Into Darkness, the Demon of Decay. So yeah, we kinda got what we asked for last night.
While we were waiting for dinner to begin, we investigated more of the surrounding area. We discovered that based on the spatial geography of where we were, the town we originally came from should be nearby. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we discovered rubble as if tanks had rolled through the place. Surprisingly, there were no remains and some of the buildings were not in the original town we had left. Upon discovering nothing fundamentally useful, we returned to the clan house to await dinner.
Upon arrival, Chusúnish began to parlay with us as his undead servants entered. Braziers were lit to help alleviate the overpowering stench of death and decay; unfortunately for us, the smoke began to accumulate thickly and we all had to save vs poison or begin coughing. The dark lord then unleashed his minions upon us! We fought 10 skeletons in the hazy chamber. This was our first combat since beginning play almost weekly since after Christmas. My dice were very hot; Cherekelmir hit one skeleton each round and rolled maximum damage for each. Unfortunately, our warriors could not hit the broad side of a barn with a baseball bat. Komesh was reduced to one hit point and Kurukkemish and Komesh were trapped in one corner. However, Ka’uleggish dashed to the doors in the nick of time to begin the process of ventilating the room. As the haze cleared, we spotted an undead leader of the group commanding the skeletons. Kurukkemish and Komish charged across the room to the leader; Kurukkemish missed and prepared to meet his doom. Fortunately, his brother Komish did not miss as he stabbed the rotting thing with his halberd and returned it to the land of the unliving. I healed Komesh and we began to sweep and clear rooms. We came up empty handed for the first two flanking the dining hall and moved toward the southwest, to investigate a room we had found to be empty earlier.
When Chuminish opened the door, he saw a woman kneeling on the floor, staring at the opposite wall. She spoke to him and when he approached, he discovered she too was undead! I believe this is when he uttered the best line of the night: “Is there a skeleton in my face trying to murder me right now?” The woman zombie tore into Chuminish viciously, reducing him to 0 hit points. I believe it was Viruish who finally struck the killing blow, but our friend was shuffling off his mortal coil. Both myself and Komish had previously used our cure light wounds for the day, but Cherekelmir did not let that stop him. I kneeled beside his still form and prayed to Bulkh, asking for Chuminish’s return. Ka’uleggish provided a blasphemous tome we had found earlier and we offered it as a burnt sacrifice to Bulkh. As the gods would have it, Chuminish did rise from the ground, but he was now…changed.