Chronicles of Tyrus the Berserker, part 3
After celebrating their victory over the lighthouse sirens, Tyrus and his group finally decide to clear out the Nashkel mines. On the way south, they tie up some loose ends by dealing with some Gnolls that were tormenting Perdue and bringing Mirianne her husband's letter. Also, during this excursion, Imoen finds some time to experiment with Tarnesh's spellbook and creates an "artifact" which grants her a slight dexterity boost.
Anyway, the party finally arrives at the mines and Tyrus quickly learns that it has been infested with kobolds. Interestingly, out of all party members, those nasty little buggers seem to prefer pelting Quayle with their arrows who is still very fragile with only 16 hit points. As a precaution, Tyrus equips the gnome with the Girdle of Piercing and has him put up both Armor and Shield spells. It turns out well, and the first two levels of the mine are cleared of kobolds without much trouble. However, the third one is literally swarming with the little buggers. Fortunately, both Quayle and Safana had stocked up on Sleep spells which proved invaluable during these encounters. Down at the fourth level the group finds Mulahey, a half-orc priest of Cyric who has organized the mine's infestation. He taunts the party before throwing a pack of kobolds and skeletons at them. Safana manages to knock out most of the kobolds with a timely Sleep spell while Ajantis positions himself to keep the skeletons at bay. Meanwhile, Quayle and Imoen pelt Mulahey with darts while the enraged Tyrus finishes him off with a powerful blow (BTW, he now scores critical hits when he rolls a 19 too, thanks to a recently assigned point in two handed weapon style).
In the priest's chest, the party discovers some letters which implicate a certain Tranzig who is somehow linked to these events. He was last seen lodging at the Feldpost Inn, so the group decides to go there next. Before that, Tyrus informs the Nashkel mayor of his discoveries and the party gets ambushed by yet another assassin. Unlike his predecessors, this Nimbul guy seems to be a capable mage. Although Ajantis quickly dispels his Stoneskin and Mirror Image, the wizard manages to fry Safana with a lightning bolt mere seconds before succumbing to Tyrus' blade. Hmph, it seems that all the money that the party earns goes up for resurrections. And the cost keeps increasing too, Safana's revival makes the party 1200 gp poorer. Oh well, I guess it can't be helped until Branwen is able to cast 4th level spells.
Speaking of which, Safana identifies a very nice ring that the party took from Mulahey which gives Branwen several bonus spell slots. She also reveals that Nimbul was wearing Boots of Avoidance which Tyrus immediately gives to Quayle who has recently gained a level and another 4 hit points. Yay. Anyhow, with Armor, Shield, Boots of Avoidance and the Girdle of Piercing combined, the gnome now has a base AC of 2 and a -12 modifier vs. missiles. Sweet, I guess he won't have to worry about being turned into a pincushion by the kobolds anymore.
After a good night's rest, the party heads back to Bergost and locate Tranzig. Apparently, he's the same mage who had turned Branwen into a stone statue some time ago and the priestess now gets a chance to settle the score. Imoen paralyzes the wizard with a coated dart allowing Branwen to smash him to smithereens with her Spiritual Hammer. At the Jovial Juggler, the party is greeted by Officer Vai who offers to take the bandit scalps that Tyrus had been keeping as trophies off his hands in exchange for gold. Apparently, the bandits have a camp somewhere in the region and the party's next step is to discover more about it. However, Tyrus decides that this will have to wait until they get some better gear.Party Stats:
Tyrus - Berserker(5)
Ajantis - Inquisitor(5)
Branwen - Cleric(5)
Imoen - Bounty Hunter(5)
Quayle - Wild Mage(5)
Safana - Skald(5)
Edited by Thailog, 29 March 2011 - 10:25 PM.