After a brief respite in the Delver’s Guild, the Last Circle turns to exploring the city of Haven. At Loak’s Legacy, a semi-famous drinking establishment, Rok and Galea rejoins the party and the group travels to Brunella’s, Haven’s best weaponsmith. Daku-won haggles with Brunella, who agrees to craft a fine suit of windling ringlet, from the obsidian garnered at
the Obsidian tower. After some small design inquiries, the two agree to a paltry sum of twenty thousand silver. Netherwind, Shorty, and Rok ascend to Heirmon’s study above the weaponsmith’s shop to discuss some items of unknown origin. Heirmon agrees to research Rok’s bracelet while the party delivers a package to the Blood Warder Takaris in the Blood Wood. Upon talking with the local merchant Agramen, Netherwind trades directions to the Lost Valley for the location of a hidden book in the smalls that contains directions how to create a Homunculus.
After another trip to Loak’s Legacy, the party declares Galea a full member and hires the swordmaster Braxis to translate the directions and guide the group through the Smalls. Traveling through the smalls proves unnerving when the party not only looses Shorty’s dog mysteriously, but a short time later Meepo is grabbed by a large purple tentacle, and dragged away into Parlainth. The party takes refuge in one of the abandoned buildings and fights a few cadavermen while they regroup. Deciding to push on, the party finds the lost tome while Shorty takes watch. A four foot tall creature comprised primarily of teeth discovers Shorty, lets out a loud wail and charges. The Last Circle easily dispatches the vile creature, but discovers a couple dozen more stampeding their way. The party beats a hasty retreat while Daku-won leads the gnashers away on a ‘wild-windling chase’. In their attempts to avoid one of the many denizens of Parlainth, the group runs into cloud of obsidian-like shards known as a wing-flayer. Discovering that their weapons are useless against the creature, the party splits up into multiple directions. Having denied the wing-flayer the entire party, it focuses on Netherwind, who runs as fast as he can to escape the deadly shards in which he is engulfed. Shorty’s natural speed and grace allows him to attack the wing-flayer from a distance. So engrossed in his task, Shorty nearly misses the gargoyles that have descended from their roost amidst the Parlainth Pyramids. Shorty runs towards the wing-flayer to get away from the gargoyles, but as Netherwind runs past the elf, the wing-flayer changes targets. Now free of the deadly cloud of shards, Netherwind glances back to see the prone form of shorty, entirely covered in black shards embedded into his body. With the wind-flayer distracted with its elven meal, the party turns to face the coming gargoyles. Their hope is short-lived when Rok and Netherwind quickly fall leaving Tianna and Galea running for their lives. The gargoyles attempt to carry the two unconscious adepts, but soon give up on Rok and settle for carrying the nethermancer back to their lair.
Daku-won comes across Braxis running swiftly through the smalls. The two take a small breather where they decide that it would be fruitless to try and find the rest of the party and head for the gates of Haven. Tianna and Galea quietly sneak back to Roks unconscious body and attempt to drag him back to the gates. Once it becomes apparent that the two ladies do have the adequate strength to move the two ton obsidiman, Tianna casts ice-sheet on the ground while two push him on the slippery surface. After two hours of painfully slow travel, Rok comes to and the three make their way to the Haven’s gate. The three nearly make it to gates when the gargoyles once again descend upon the last of the Last Circle. The three adepts break for the gate and Rok, in his hurry to escape the screeching gargoyles, attempts a jig that is more akin to mating tundra beasts than anything else. The guards mistake the obsidiman’s herky-jerky movements as some sort of Horror possession and call for reinforcements to fight the Horror-marked warrior.
One of the gargoyle easily drops Galea, and Tianna finds difficulty weaving to fight the gargoyle her. Braxis and Daku-won, who were waiting at the top of the gates for the rest of the party’s return, jump down and smote the gargoyle attacking Rok like the sheep that it was. Tianna looses her earthdarts and tears throught the gargoyle with such force that there is an obvious hole in the wall and floor of the laneway where the spell drew its sustenance. The gargoyle flees from Tianna without a second glance. The final gargoyle is slowly carting Galea in the directions of the pyramids when the party rallies to her aid. The gargoyle is forced to discard the dwarf in order to escape the ensuing attacks from the party. The party quickly make their way back through the gates of haven as the last light of the setting sun is enveloped by the darkness of Parlainth.
1 Black Leather Bound Book
Legend Points Awarded
3 Cadavermen: 450
1 Gargoyle: 715
1 Gnasher: 435
Survivng Parlainth: Priceless
Total: 1600 (400 each)