Strange Happenings

The Escape... Almost...

Out of the silence and into the... what's that smell?

As the party members regained consciousness and looked around, they found themselves — well… most of them — in cells in a cold, damp, stone jail. Imprisoned by iron bars, and watched over by a single guard, Rhun, Mictian, and Thein found themselves alone in each of their individual cells. Lily and Melody, however, found themselves in a cell together, and Xi, still disguised as Byl, found himself in a large stone box with no apparent door. As the others looked around, they realized that Xi was missing, but was probably in the large stone chamber near them, which appeared to be some sort of containment cell. They also noticed everything was unusually silent…

Lily, having snuck her lockpicks in with her by concealing them in her long, blonde (with black highlights), braided hair. Noticing the guard was paying little to no attention to them, Lily managed to get her lockpicks out of her hair and free herself, as well as Melody. When the opportunity arose, they two of them snuck out of their cell and went to release the others. Some of the other party members were able to break or squeeze out of their shackles. The party managed to all get out of their cells (with a bit of help from Lily) and ascended the steps to fight the guard above. However, on the way up the steps, the small braziers on pedestals on either side of the steps came to life and attacked them. The two girls made it past the elementals before they began attacking, and continued up to face the guard above. The other party was slowed by the elementals, which they quickly defeated, while the two young women fought the guard up top. After a short confrontation, Melody managed to throw him over the ledge onto the top of the stone cell that Xi was previously held in. The glass illusion (it appeared to be stone from underneath) shattered as he crashed through it to the ground. As he stood up, the party rushed down to close the door and lock him inside.

After a moment, the lights all went out, creating a significant problem for Lily, who couldn’t see at all anymore… and the party went back up to the guard’s watch area to see what they could find. However, shortly after they began searching, they made an unwelcome discovery — the guard who had been trapped in the cell downstairs was standing on the steps behind them, swinging his sword mercilessly at Thein. The party shifted, forcing the guard up the steps into the center of them all. They then proceeded to knock him unconscious, take his keys, weapons, and armor, and search the area. They found a list of their names and a small, round, white stone with the Great Mother’s symbol on it. They discovered several torture chambers (labeled “I can breathe,” “I can walk,” and “Mmmm… Kinky” and a stone door that they could not open, and none of the keys seemed to fit. So they made their way up the other way (after dispatchign two more elementals) and up to the next level of the jail.

They found similar elementals guarding the doors at the level above. Continuing to knock out guards and dispatch elementals as necessary, they discovered three more torture rooms on the next level, labeled “I’m not thirsty,” “Free toast!” and “Naptime!” They managed to dispatch the basilisk that was attempting to hide on the back wall of the “Naptime!” room, with only Lily being petrified in the process. However, they quickly discovered that the stone they had previously found in the desk was able to restore her to life.

They made their way through another floor of guards, doing their best to kill as few of them as possible (simply knocking them out instead) and elementals. The party slowly realized as they progressed through the jail that the guards’ armor made them able to hear in more than just the stairwells, removing their most significant disadvantage in escaping. However, they also encountered a changing of the guard on their way out, during which they surrounded a doorway and knocked out two guards on their way downstairs. The rest of the new shift’s guards fled to find reinforcements.

Knowing they had very little time, the party quickly moved forward through the rest of the jail, and found two hidden stone doors in the room where they had initially been blindfolded and shackled . One of the doors led to a small treasure room, which they managed to clean out (after nearly dying to several traps). The other led down some stone steps into a large cavernous… well… it appeared to be another jail, but looked as though it hadn’t been used in a century or two, and echoed with soft sounds of zombie-like moaning. They quickly made their way through a door to their left, where they discovered the guards’ resting area. They closed the door behind them and decided to rest…

Melody, only needing half as much sleep as the others, chose to sleep the middle 4 hours. During the first two hours of rest, she kept watch over the party to ensure nothing came upon them. Feeling confident that they were safe, she lay down to rest, as well…

When Thein and Lily awoke, they saw Melody sitting along a wall with a beautiful black-haired, light-skinned young woman, who introduced herself as Lilith. Next to the two of them were two rows backpacks with food on top of them. Each row contained a backpack looking exactly like that of each of the other party members. Lily began seething with hatred for this new woman (for reasons unknown to any other party members), and made her distrust incredibly clear, even stabbing Lilith before being forced to back down by Melody. The party members (including this woman, who was apparently their new companion) went through their backpacks and discovered one was some sort of rigid backpack of extradimensional space, and contained objects they had never seen before. The other was their old backpack, containing all of their old equipment, except for Thein‘s spell component pouch and Lily’s rope. Believe that Lilith had stolen it, Lily again made her distrust and accusatory beliefs incredibly clear. In response, Lilith emptied her bag of everything in it, and honestly confessed that she did not have anything belonging to either Thein or Lily. Lilith discovered a little white bunny wrapped in the blanket inside her backpack. After a minute or two of chasing it around the room, they finally managed to catch it and Melody made a little harness out of a spare piece of leather she had found, and a leash out of a small piece of rope. Lilith appreciatively put it on her new pet.

When the party members finally decided that they could get past this and trust each other as much as necessary (and rounded up the little bunny that had apparently been wrapped up inside Lilith‘s backpack), they left the room and went toward the door at the far side, passing several cells of zombies. Seeing that the zombies were secure in their cells, they attempted to open the door. However, the door only opened about a third of the way. At that point, there was a loud click, and most of the cell doors unlocked. The party fended off the zombies with little issue. They then pushed the door further open, until another loud click released the rest of the zombies, which they also dispatched with no problem. Finally, they managed to open the door, and [[:thein | Thein] quickly flew up and into the room, looking for an escape, only to be quickly attacked by two wraiths. Realizing he was severely outmatched, he flew back down out of the room toward the party. He flew back through the door and waited in the main chamber of the jail (where the zombie cells had been) for the wraiths to pursue him. Lilith put forth her open hand and yelled at the wraiths, one of whom stopped where he was and appeared to be in awe of her. The other was quickly dispatched by the other party members. When the first of these abominations was destroyed, Thein stepped into the cell with the other, who appeared to still be in awe, and swung and swung his sword through the wraith to no effect. Shortly after that, the wraith stopped cowering and attacked Thein back. He fled again, barely alive, out the cell door, to stand behind several of his companions. Seeing that the party seemed to have things under control, Lilith summoned a ball of light to orbit her that would explode if thrown at an enemy and kept an eye on the area around them, waiting for any other vile creatures that may attempt to sneak up on them. When the second wraith finally fell, the bunny started frolicking about again. Thein realizing the bunny was causing far more problems than it was worth, attempted to murder Lilith’s little pet by stabbing it. The bunny barely remained conscious, and Lilith turned her small orb on him, knocking the remaining life out of the blackwing…

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