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Tracy's HackMaster 2017/06/15 Back Down the Temple
Games are (usually) on Thursday nights sometime after 5:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.


I have forgotten the type of pizza as it has been two weeks.

I'm also going to skip a lot of detail, such as diarming traps, minor combats, and treasure takings, as it would make this too lengthy and difficult to remember.

After some preliminaries, there were some details added to the previous leveling up of Jacko.  During his training, he made an enemy of one particularly bothersome student, who just happened to be another grumpy old man.  He was apparently auditing the Level 9 "Infiltrator" course because Blackmoor law offered free tuition to the elderly as long as they don't take the course for credit.  Insofar Infiltrator coursework is off the books because it is of the Thief class, but even Thieves have a healthy respect for their institutions (and possible Tax audits of undeclared fees).  The grumpy old man made Jacko's time in school a living hell of small practical jokes designed to embarass Jacko in front of the other students.

This session also introduced Felipe, a Cleric of the "Chosen One" class.  He had been away for several weeks and the Party's hiatus seems to fit his introduction so that we could say he joined the party whilst they were training.  (Much like a certain grumpy old man.)

The Party eager to resume adventuring, made it back assembled back inside the temple before the huge throne.  And that included the same grumpy old man who seemed to have latched onto the party no matter where they went, criticizing party members every step of the way.  It was as though the party took along all their respective Mothers-in-Law rolled up into one saying things like "Straighten up that cuirass buckle!" and,  "Don't you think the enemy isn't going to talk about your manners behind your back?"  This was especially curious as the party had teleported, and the grumpy old man wasn't even invited.

Since Jacko was the only one with the abilty to operate the huge throne with unique magic item called "The Orb of Abyssal Death", (including the four magical gems inset into their respective spaces which gave it full power).  The thone acted like a huge lift with only two levels, top (were they were) and the bottom (as yet unexplored).  So everyone had to assemble onto the throne as it went down.

Jacko particulary wary, did something (I forget what), but made sure the grumpy old made was not aboard (or so he thought) when the party went down.

The party found itself in a large room with pillars, doors, and openings all around.  The party was of course well aware this must be the home (a.k.a. prison) of the demoness in charge of the place.  The armies that had defeated the Temple decades before had locked her in this area shut the double-wide bronze doors with magical incantations and simply left the elevator-throne lock in the "up" position.  Jacko and his Orb just undid that and at the same time cocked up the security of the Prime Material Plane.  But enough of that later.

Of rooms of note, one had four glowing portals on the floor that looked like the same portals that earlier sent the party to the four Nexi.  The party avoided them.  Another opening led to a room with a smaller throne with someone sitting on it who looked like the Wicked Witch of the West.  As soon as the party was within audible range she asked for the Orb that Jacko had on him, "Please give me that Orb my pretty!"   The Party backed out of the room saying, "We'll get back to you on that."  The Witch shouting "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog Toto too!"  The Party wondered at that, since they didn't have a dog, much less one named Toto.

The party split and started exploring the rest of the area leaving most behind with the throne-elevator.  But I'll avoid details because it just dealt with material goods, and little if that.   Finding a couple secret doors they looked into them and chose one.  It eventually wound its way around the throne room that the Witch was in.

Making himself useful, Felipe and with a bit of the party's nudging, cast a Detect Evil spell and performed a slow turn.  (Based on a prior session's capstone thesis, we explained that it basically worked like an old radar, where the detection was in a straight line and Evil showed up as blips.  The caster had to make a slow turn to accomplish this properly.)  Anyway Felipe cast his spell in order to find their relative bearing in relation to where they thought the Witch was, since she was on the other side of various walls they could only guess.

Felipe, eventually turning to where they thought she was, there was not one obvious evil blip in the scan but two blips.

Interesting but not enough information to be useful.

The party then wound its way to a long hallway that should be behind the throne of the Witch.  This hall had an obvious backside of a tapestry (you could see the threads).  Jacko, hoping he could back stab the Witch on her throne took a peek from behind the tapestry and saw her instead standing on the floor staring straight at him.  "Don't worry my pretty, feel free to explore around, even take the few treasures back there, I'll get you eventually!".

Also standing next to the Witch was the Grumpy Old Man.  They were holding hands.  There was green lipstick on his collar.

(For the obtuse, yes the Grumpy Old Man was the second blip on the Detect Evil radar.)

Jacko stepped back from the tapestry, again avoiding details, yes the party found some more odds and ends of treasures, disarming the traps protecting them.

Finally working thier way almost completely around the smaller throne, the party made it to the next to last room before rejoining the rest of the party they had left behind with the elevator-throne.

Notably the other half of the Party left behind at the huge elevator-throne noticed the Grumpy Old Man appear at the entrance of the smaller throne room, he pointed at this eyes with two fingers then at Elefus, making a Viking-like challenge of some sort.


We skipped next Thursday of 22 June, as I was at Otto's "The Weekend" game convention in Lancaster, PA.





Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Grok the Dwarf, a third level Doughboy (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Infiltrator (subclass of Thief).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass) - Gone off to

Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class).
Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Brother of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Sum Dum Gai - Brother of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Gangnam Bang Mi - Sister of the Winds (Monk, Fighter subclass).
Sum Ting Wong - SheMale Brother/Sister of the Mysteries (Monk, fighter subclass).
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Vixine Numar, a human Servant (a Chosen One, Cleric subclass). Recently raised a level.
A Dark Enchantress Demon. Grok's new girlfriend who folds her wings over her shoulders to look like a cloak.
A Madger, a half humanoid, half badger creature who made a deal to serve with the party.
Two Mynxes, half female humanoid, half cat. They can shape change either way.
Six Icosahedrones.
One charmed Confusion Beast

Gargoyle (Elefus henchperson, demoted from Sidekick, out of town on business, acting as courier to BlackMoor).
BlackMoor to check his Investment Account.
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Adept (a Ranger, Fighter subclass and Cleric).
Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus.
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.





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