The Fellowship, Part 2

Been awhile since I posted a play report.  We’ll pick up another episode of the Fellowship as they continue along the Crypts of Motha the Bloody.  My play as the group is in red, Brian, the DM is in black.

Legolas, level 1 elf fighter
Gimli, level 1 dwarf cleric
Frodo, level 1 halfling theif
Gandalf, level 1 human wizard

Part 1 is here.

Gandalf will carry the loot.  After tending their wounds and a short rest, the group will head back, in marching order.  At the T, they will head right, away from the smell…


You head right and turn another tunnel to the left.immediately in front of Frodo stands a large wooden door…


Instead of sword and shield, Legolas will wield the staff from the statue.  Frodo will listen at the door…


Pressing his ear,Frodo hears absolutely no sound on the other side…


Frodo:  “Sounds empty, unless there is more undead just sitting.”
Legolas opens the door.  Him and Gimli enter first, with the other two close behind…


You enter a medium sized stone room with headless statues scattered throughout the floor.on the other side you notice a dais with a tapestry hanging above it showing a grotesque ghoul/ victim scene. Rats dart here and there.no other doorways are visible…


Frodo and Gandalf check out the dias and tapestry while the other two check around the statues.


The tapestry is very old and frail but looks worthless. The dais is cracked but unassuming. All the statues also appear very old and useless…


Anything behind the tapestry?...


Gandalf peers behind the tapestry and notices a wooden door…
Frodo listens…


Putting his ear to the door, Frodo quietly listens but does not hear a thing…


Gimli and Legolas enter first, followed  by the other two
The door opens easily outward into a musty corridor which immediately turns right to a dead end. At the end on the left is another wooden door. Dried blood is splattered throughout the small corridor and onto the door to the left. A couple skulls are in the corner across from the door along with several other bones…


Frodo listens at the door while Legolas pokes through the skulls and bones with the staff…
As Frodo presses his ear against the door, a loud thud can be heard, and Frodo is stuck in the neck on both sides with two protruding darts. Frodo starts to get weak and slowly is slumping to the floor.
Legolas  finds nothing of interest in the bones, and Frodo has taken 2 points of damage. His skin is getting pale and he starts to gasp the words “poison…..”. Frodo must save vs. poison to keep the poison from running its course and killing him….
Well, I rolled a 4…with halflings +3 vs poison, that makes 7.  Not enough, though.  His saving throw number is 13.  Everyone else is at the ready.  Gandalf kneels to aid Frodo…


Gandalf sees that Frodo is sweating profusely. Gandalf says “I’m not sure how long he will live”. A ruckus can be heard on the other side of the door now, followed by a lot of pounding on the other side of it as if somebody wants to knock it down. It sounds like there is more than one person or creature on the other side…


How sturdy is the door?  Does it open into the hall or into the room?  Legolas and Gimli try to hold it closed…


After about a minute the door is slowly starting to come off its hinges. legalos and Gimli need to make a roll against their strength to see if they can hold it shut.Frodo is getting worse….


on a d20 I rolled 4 for legolas, and a 3 for Gimli.  Gandalf checks out the potion that we found earlier.  Any hint if he tastes it?  What spell does Gandalf have?…


Gandalf tastes the liquid in the vial. It is sweet.Gandalf must roll against intelligence to determine if he recognises the liquid. Meanwhile, the door that Gimli and Legolas are trying to hold starts to break free from its hinges. Its hard for them to hold it shut due to the crowded area.Frodos eyes are glassy and starting to close,his body becoming limp…


Gandalf rolled a 1.


He pulls Frodo away around the corner to the door by the dias room.  Gimli and Legolas jump back from the door and draw weapons, I rolled a 2 for initiative…


Gandalf immediately recognises the potion as a stronger version of a healing potion. He pulls Frodo away to the other door,his body now completely still,eyes closed. Legolas and Gimli see what appears to be two zombies bust the door down,arms slashing away at the two defenders.they are rather slow,so Legolas and Gimli win the initiative…


Gimli rolls a 18 to hit, and 2 for damage.
Legolas drops the staff and draws his sword.  Rolls a 1 to hit.
Gandalf will throw daggers if he gets a shot.  Daggers have a rate of fire of 2.  5 to hit with 1 damage, and 4 to hit with 4 damage…


Gimli manages to slice a zombies arm in two,blood flies in all directions, and it continues to attack.both zombies roll a 6 and 2. Gandalf will get a chance to attack next round due to moving Frodo and getting his daggers ready. Out of the corner of his eye,Gandalf sees that Frodo is completely motionless,but doesn’t have time to see if he’s still breathing.
Its the next round, and your party automatically wins initiative. …


Press the attack.  Gandalf rolls 6 to hit with 1 damage, and 14 to hit with 3 damage.
Legolas rolls a 21, with 3 damage.
Gimli rolls 5 with 7 damage (too bad that’s probably a miss.)…


Legolas and Gandalf manage to stop the attack. The zombies are motionless on the ground. Blood is everywhere…


Gimli checks on Frodo.  Gandalf checks the zombie corpses.  Legolas picks up the staff and looks into the room…


Gimli notices very slight breathing in Frodo. He’s still alive but barely.the corpses are nothing more than the grotesque remains of  undead creatures.The room is rather large,around 60 by 80 feet.from where Legolas is standing,only the remains of broken furniture can be seen,along with the mangled body of what looks like a fresh corpse lying in the center of the floor…


Gimli casts cure light wounds on Frodo.  Healed 8 points of damage.  Any exits from the room?  Legolas and Gandalf enter and check out the room.  Legolas checks out the corpse…


You are working with only infravision  now as the lantern has been extinguished.  In the darkness,Gandalf can hear the faint mumbles of Frodo,slowly regaining his composure and whispering for water. Gimli can feel large amounts of sweat on his face after applying the cure spell. Legolas notices nothing unusual about the room through his infravision, but with closer inspection can see an exitway  on the wall to the left.Legolas notices the corpse is mangled, and cleary female,her midsection ripped apart by the flesh of the undead. Her body is laying on top of scattered gold coins apparently ripped from the coin purse that is visible on herself.Along the same wall you came through,to the left,Legolas also sees a portcullis that is down,another exit…


We regroup in the hallway, with Gandalf relighting the lantern.  Gimli finds Frodo’s waterskin and hands it to him, as well as some food.  After Frodo is up to it, they move into the room.  Legolas approaches the portcullis, trying to peer through. He stays about 5’ back.  “Gimli, do you see and levers or anything to raise this gate?”  Gandalf loots the body while Frodo picks around the rubble…


It will take a full round to regroup and allow Frodo to get his mind back in the game. Gimli notices a small lever to the left on the wall. Frodo doesn’t find anything but busted up furniture and Gandalf counts 72 gold coins underneath the corpse.Legolas peers into the portcullis and sees a hallway turning right…be sure to check off rations as they are consumed…and adjust hp as well…


Is frodo at full hp?  He checks for traps on the door.  If he doesn’t detect anything, he’ll cautiously listen.  If no noises, Gimli will open the door.


Frodo is at full hit points.is he checking the doorway to the left? That is an open doorway that is arched at the top.there is no door there.there is a doorway that is arched to the left,and a portcullis down to the left on the same wall you came in.sorry,I should have been more clear….what is Gimli doing? The text is cut off…


ok, yes the doorway.  go through the doorway, Frodo in the lead, standard order…


You travel through the doorway and immediately turn left.a long corridor is ahead with an unidentifiable smell piercing the air. After about 50 ft,you turn left again,then quietly make a right after a short time. The passage turns right again almost immediately.you slowly proceed ahead and turn right again after around 50 more ft.Ahead,on the left about 20 ft,is a large wooden door.the corridor proceeds further ahead,with drag mark blood stains on the floor,and the horrid stench of more feces.its unsure how far ahead it goes from where you stand…


Is it possible for you to give a simple sketch of what we would’ve mapped so far?  My first one doesn’t seem to match up, I got corridors running into each other.  I read thru it again, and got a different map, but it still seems wrong.


The drag marks, do they come from behind the door or start in the hall?


Frodo will check the door for traps and will listen…
The drag marks start about 20 ft from the door,and from your lantern light,you see it goes into the darkness ahead.Frodo does not detect anything unusual about the door…


Gimli opens it, with him and Legolas entering first, followed my Gandalf and Frodo…


You enter a large square room,at least 80 ft x 80 ft. A large chandelier hangs from the middle of the ceiling, with a small table underneath it. On top of the table, there appears to be an object. Two doors are spaced out on the wall to the right. Besides cobwebs and a foul odor, nothing else appears to be in the room…


Legolas walks closer to the table to look at the object and chandelier. Gandalf goes with him, buck stays back.  Frodo checks for traps and listens at both doors, while Gimli watches his back…


Frodo doesn’t detect anything wrong with either door,and all is quiet behind both. Legolas steps toward the table and sees the chandelier is large,round,and possibly made of iron. Old candles with dried wax running down the sides still remain in the chandelier. Immediately Legolas recognises the object on the table as a mace. Before he can get a decent look at it, Gandalf shouts” Legolas, back away!”.The chandelier starts to fall from the 12 ft ceiling, and Legolas needs to roll against his dexterity to back away in time before getting hit. Frodo needs to roll against constitution to ensure he is good to continue after his traumatic experience earlier, and see if he can continue with no problems.

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