Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Session 333 - Vampire Feast

Date: 10 January, 22 p.p.

Moon: Waxing Gibbous - Dragon Face
Zenith: Vorn

New Backstory:
- Dorian fought with his "father", the Dharga, after first being budded off the great flesh-tree and discovering that he had a mind and will of his own. +1 Strength
- Grumblebelch was forcefully exiled from the Dwarven arcology of Ur-Kalladh for experimenting with forbidden rock art.
- Sydney was adored by a group of cultish street urchins who he did magic tricks for. Henchmen are immune to morale checks.


--- Carbonite Woman
- Another day, another waking up under the tender ministrations of the clanking, boiling, steaming robot mother.
-The Christmas events are over, and the robo-mum is willing to look after the various treasures from the Christmas adventure. How lovely!
- Looking over the Christmas loot, they remember that they also looted something the session before that! A big slab of stone with an eight-eyed lady frozen in it. Her ears are long and elaborate. There's a keypad on the side, but nobody knows how to use it. The robot TM-RLY is pretty useless.
- But wait! With an unfurled paperclip and a little reset port, the code can be reset! The carbonite fades away, dropping the tall Red Elf lady out of the frame... and into Dorian's claggy hands and charming Ditto-face.
- Jojo, it seems, speaks Red Elf! It's an archaic version of a variety of modern Elvish that Jojo learned in history class in the distant future... or something.
- The Elf, whose name is Kinny, gives Jojo the rundown on how she came to be here. Her planet was about to die, cracked like an egg from within by the birth/death spasms of the creature in the core as it spewed its fragments out across the cosmos. Ark-Ship Fate left without her and the others who lost the lottery, so she stowed away on another ship that was hoping to catch up and rendezvous with an ark. The captain found her and locked her away in carbonite. Also she has multiple vision modes and a penchant for knives.
- Jojo nods sagely.
- With that, and the Red Elf in tow, the party head off to the Church of the Unraveller where they can hopefully find a way down even deeper! Greasy tube, anyone?

--- Wampyre
- They head out of the fire robot zone, past the water robot zone, and into the next area. The floor is sticky with black strands which creep partway up the walls, gumming up the machinery. Kinny says it's too greasy for her grease-vision to see through.
- The corridor opens out into a big hall ahead, and there's a skinny side passage. Above, a vampire hangs from the ceiling and watches. He sees them looking and laughs, "bleh!".
- Celebus huffs a Last Breath and tries to enslave the vampire... but it's too powerful! The feedback gives Celebus the willies! The vampire just chuckles again.
- While the party questions the vampire on why he's here (they're all thralls of an ancient vampire) and what he knows about this part of the dungeon (Unravelled people aren't good eating), Grumblebelch wanders off to kick down some doors.
- He sees a room with an access hatch of some sort, and another with rolling balls with bugs in them like insects in amber.
- He tries the vent, squeezing down a thin crawlspace until he reaches a grille. Through it he sees a room, a bunch of robed cultist looking guys who must be the Unravelled... and a bunch of magic items and treasure!

--- A Feast Then Dessert
- Sydney has negotiated help from the vampire in exchange for creating a feast of blood for them with a spell! Very lovely!
- The vampire flits off and returns with a few of his friends, but soon more are showing up and supping from the various blood bags and blood canapes on offer. They mention that there are demon boars hiding in the hall next door, so watch out for them eh?
- They seem happy at first... but it soon becomes apparent that this feels like real blood but doesn't satisfy at all... their baleful gazes turn upon the party.
- Celebus runs into the next room and sees the demon boars begin to charge! He chucks a vial of blood at the lead one and casts Feast. All the vampires are driven to fury and CHARGE straight in! There are tides of viscera.
- Grumblebelch runs in, sees everything, and tells the party to follow him! Quick!
- Celebus and Dorian go knock on the big temple doors at the end of the hall, hopefully distracting the guards inside, and run back before the vampires stop feeding! The doors have a big inverted G symbol on them.

--- Webby Webby Good
- Grumblebelch is in the vent again, watching the priests mill about grabbing arms and armour. He sees their skin is kind of springy like a slinky. Unravelled, one assumes. Sadly, an obviously magic spear and an obviously magic suit of chain armour are donned by the foe.
- There is a huge giant guy squatting at the end of the guard room, and before Grumblebelly's eyes the guy thins out into a long thin snake and slithers out of the room. The other guards follow...
- Grumblebelch pops out of the vent with a loud *foonk* and lands on the floor, already jogging towards the treasure chest! But he is distracted on the way as he snags some arms and armour.
- While the others grab armour of their own, and Kinny puts away a surprising number of knives, Dorian reaches the chest and opens it up.
- There is a sound like a plunger going SHLOP and a black goop splats out! It grabs at Dorian with multiple hand-like appendages!
- Grumblebelch smashes the pipes leading into the chest from behind, cutting off the glop supply and shucking the gloop from its treasure chest shell! It's clearly got a bunch of treasure embedded in it, so this isn't all bad!
- Dorian pours on some acid and Jojo casts Web on the door, then Sydney follows up by scraping the clinging glorp off of Dorian and chucking it at the webs so it sticks there and can be easily killed!

The Trappees Become the Trappers
- They decide to ambush the baddies, so Jojo and Sydney get a swinging log trap set up with various stuff from around the room.
- A monk returns, suspicious of all the banging around, and is ragdolled back by the swinging log trap! Nice!
- The monks who run in next are stabbed from the side by Celebus and Dorian!
- Jojo casts Web again, limiting the ingress from unravelled monks!
- Basically monks get webbed then stabbed to fuck by whoever's nearby.
- Kinny the Red Elf keeps being weird about knives and pretending she'll betray you then not doing it. Odd vibes.
- One of the monks has the magic spear they saw before, all fancy inlay and a strange dual spear side-by-side design. The unravelled dwarf-monk wielding it gains an extra spear and extra hands with every attack!
- It is well and truly late at this point so it's a classic Combat Cliffhanger!

Total: 6000 exp

Enemies Overcome:
- At least a few demon boars (500 exp)
- Some Unravelled dwarf guys (500 exp)
Total: 1000 exp

- A gold blender (5000 exp)
- 2 sparkling gems (2000 exp)
- 2000 coins with the inverted G (2000 exp)
Total: 9000 exp

Exp Totals:
- George / Swan the Swift, Level 7 Barbarian: 102302 (Level up at 128000)
- Kitty / Dorian "Ditto" DeMone, Level 7 Inheritor: 78411 (Level up at 144000)
- Charles / Celebus Uppytus, Level 7 Necromancer: 72509 (Level up at 144000)
Level Up! +1d4 HP! +1 Mana! +Free Spell! +Backstory!
- Carter / Sydney, Level 5 Magic-User: 23724 (Level up at 36000)
- Ollie / Jojo Fullbeard, Level 4 Muscle Wizard: 14422 (Level up at 18000)
- Tom / Grumblebelch, Level 4 Dwarf: 8273 (Level up at 16000)
Level Up! +1d10 HP! +2 to Saves! +Lorebond! +Backstory!

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