Agust 25: It was still fairly early in the morning when the party finished searching out the Otyugh’s lair for gear and coin. They then set out to find the cultist’s lair, which Coram believed was likely the old Temple of Kord within the ruins outside Dagon. Finding it quickly wasn’t a simple task as the visibility poor was poor from all the debris flying in the wind. As they progressed further into the city, the buildings were more intact the closer they got to the windwall, which is the opposite of what one would expect—Kaltes saw it was likely some sort of supernatural effect, but wasn’t able to determine exactly what it was.
To get a better vantage point, Lunnin climbed on top of a building and spotted a Gnoll war band on the ground on the other side of the building. Federin crept toward the Gnolls with the Polygot Gem in hand to listen to their conversation. Through the wind he heard them arguing over which way to go in order to find the Temple of Kord.
Salen thought to perhaps gain some information by speaking with the Gnolls, but they had no respect for the Diplomatic tact that he was using and sought to kill him and the party on sight. Their leader was a summoner who for much of the fight hindered the party with swarms of ravens from the air and swarms of vermin from the ground. Things started to look very grim for the party, but they were able to endure the assault long enough to find an opening in the onslaught.
The search for the temple lead them through a patch of Daggerthorn Briars, which tore through some of the party. As they finished healing up from the search, a duo of cultists spotted the party and started running toward their temple screaming for the gates to be closed. Federin and Lunnin were able to rush up the steps and close in before the large stone doors could be shut, preventing the party from being locked out of the Defiled Temple of Kord. The rest soon joined and beat back the initial attack at the entrance.
Skill Challenge, Find Temple: 0xp
Skill Challenge, Storm the Entrance: 1,000xp
Experience: 717 + 9,503 = 10,220xp
DM Note: Remember, the approved sources list is just a pre-approved thing. If there’s something from Dragon that interests you, ask. Most of the Dragon stuff is good, just there’s the occasional ridiculous thing.