To explain, my wife was playing Odette, and played Raylene before her. Two character deaths in as many sessions. Sigh. For those of you just joining, they are playing through Judge’s Guild’s Dark Tower, which we’ve located on the northwest border of The Tangles, north of the Bandit Kingdoms, Greyhawk.
Beatrice found herself alone in the poison corridor, with Hors turned to stone and embedded in the wall of the corridor. As the gas began to fill the corridor again, she leapt back through the doors and found herself teleported to the previous room.
Lisri found himself in a bunkroom, with Whisper (and his Bag of Holding) turned to stone and embedded in the wall of the room. Lisri was not alone. Two warriors were there as well, one with a longsword (Mellon Half-Elven) and one with a battle-axe (Tarshigid Rarreacher). All were surprised for a moment and then leapt into action. Lisri cast Mirror Image and now five Lisris danced about the room. Mellon and Tarshigid began eliminating them, which gave Lisri time to get out his Wand of Frost and do a good deal of damage to them.
Meanwhile, Eric and Odette followed Beatrice and Hors into the poison corridor, and finding only Hors, jumped back. Beatrice had by now descended the stairs, traversed the freezing room, and turned into an owl and perched behind the dried-up cupid fountain. There she remained for two hours.
Eric and Odette then jumped through the north wall of the teleport room and found themselves with Lisri. Eric successfully cast Hold Person at Tarshigid and they then attacked Mellon in unison. Odette knocked him unconscious just as Eric was attacked from the rear by Argol Bargol Burt, who had just entered the room. Argol soon regretted his move to aid his comrades, as he found himself in battle with two warriors better than himself. Lisri fell upon Mellon’s unconscious body and stabbed him repeatedly in the neck. Covered with blood, he rose and advanced on Tarshigid, whose eyes rolled in terror at his approach. Tarshigid was a big man, and Lisri was forced to jump to reach his femoral artery, but soon the big man was dead as well.
Argol yielded to Odette and Eric, and they allowed him to live. Lisri wanted to kill him, but the two Lawful Good characters were much dismayed at his bloodthirsty treatment of their downed foes (Lisri is Neutral). After being assured by Odette that Argol was not evil, Eric made an appeal for Argol to join them but the warrior deemed their chances low in defeating Haffrung Helleyes and demurred.
After casting Detect Magic, they stripped their foes of their magic gear (an axe and a pair of gauntlets). They also found Oph’s warchest (one of Argol’s missing comrades), which they appropriated along with its glittering contents.
The party advanced into the rest of the suite and Odette entered the only open door on the corridor, only to be surprise attacked by Tirian of Asalbar. Eric soon joined her and Tirian also found himself in trouble. After he cried for help, Dagda and Mervyn (Haffrung’s apprentices) cast Protection from Good and summoned a pack of baboons to attack Lisri, who was still in the hall. Lisri ran into the room and Eric tried to block the door. He was only partially successful and one baboon made it inside and again attacked Lisri. Eric opened the door and guarded it, the baboons making a semi-circle around him. Eric cast Silence on Mervyn but the apprentice made his saving throw. Eric then made saving throws against two Control Person spells, and then Lisri and he and the lead baboon took six points of fire damage from Burning Hands. Lisri replied with a fireball that killed all but Dagda and one of the baboons, and Eric charged Dagda and put him down. They then finished the last baboon.
Like Argol before him, Tirian yielded, but he was more amenable to joining the party. Eric (whose player had too much whiskey) offered him 14,000 gp to join them, which astonished everyone. Tirian rapidly agreed, and Eric tried to revise that amount to 1,400, which resulted in an argument that continued the rest of the evening.
With Tirian guiding them, they explored the apprentice’s rooms but found no magic books or other goodies. They then explored Haffrung’s rooms, but found only two very silly people (a young lady and a man in leather) playing checkers. Searching the room around them, Lisri found an elaborately decorated box, which they stowed.
They then returned to Holomir and the White Tower. Beatrice soon joined them, having flown in owl form through the dungeon safely. Lisri Knocked the box open, and Eric found the giant ruby inside was magic. Lisri Identified the gauntlets as Gauntlets of Dexterity, and was given them to wear.
Tirian still refused to join them, a result of the ongoing payment argument. Eric, Lisri, Odette, and Beatrice set off to explore the 2nd level further. They first encountered a 10′ diameter steel ball rolling silently down a circular corridor. Eric and Beatrice ran to safety, but Odette and Lisri failed to state their actions fast enough and took rather horrendous damage (we later discovered that Lisri’s player had fallen asleep!). Odette picked up Lisri’s broken body (he was at -6 hp) and ran with him to safety, where he was healed.
The party continued through the Ogre statue room, or rather, everyone but Lisri did (we still hadn’t figured out his player was asleep; that’s a problem with grognards).
Now down to three, the party continued on. Eric used Dispel Magic to get rid of a Wall of Fire to a temple of Set. Inside they found the golden dragon Murkaganth laying dead across the altar, having been sacrificed. An evil goat frolicked in the room and Beatrice spoke to it with little satisfaction. It leapt out of the room, the Wall of Flame went back up, and the party was trapped inside. In anguish over the death of Murkaganth, Eric attacked the legs of the statue of Set with Whelm, which caused the statue (a stone golem) to attack them. The golem first fumbled badly, causing nearly 30 hp damage to himself. It then rallied and hit Eric for 26 hp and paralyzed him. Beatrice cast Obscurement and while the golem attacked Odette, ran in and dragged Eric to safety. The golem killed Odette with a critical blow doing 36 hp and then began searching for the other two. Beatrice dragged Eric through the wall of flame (both survived) and then through Sam’s room. Getting past the steel ball was tricky but achieved by following the ball to the next opening, ducking in, and repeating. The two survivors made it back to Holomir, and Eric was cured of his paralyzation by the Lammassu.