Eladay, Termini 10, 1284CE:
Met a dwarf while leaving the fortress. Decadent sort. Air of incompetence. Named Morgram something or other, claims he was sent by the regent of Shirogh. Not very trusting, these dwarfs. Morgran complains about us unearthing the temple of Erishkigal. You’d think he’d be grateful. Traveled back towards Shirogh. Encountered orc raiding party. Gloriea turned an interesting shade of blue, funny in so many ways. Kept my crossbow practice up. Clean headshot. Must be an orc army heading towards the city.
Back in Shirogh. City is on alert; army of giants seen on the other side of the city. Met Zaghdor, the steward, again. They’re really getting on my nerves. Told him we had a common cause; Daemonibus mentions second summoning circle in ancient halls below city. Apparently Zaghdor knew this already. Didn’t feel like sharing, apparently. Dwarf council didn’t know either. Don’t even trust their own kind. Wants us to help taking out one of the armies.
Going to visit Thundershines. Morgran insisted he accompany us. Might as well have sent a jester, at least jester good for laugh. Making our way through tunnels below the city. Attacked by larvae and roper. Got some good quality roper acid. Also found interesting circlet with the mark of Corellon. Probably good story in how that ended up here. Found Thundershine tower. Met Askal Thundershine, head of her clan. Liked her. Zaghdor doesn’t trust her, so she must be alright.
Discussion about order of operations. Told them we should target armies first; invading armies could remove summoned statues. Tried to explain summoning ritual. Really, summoning magic 101. Would have guessed at least Gloriea or Aviendha would understand. Apparently not. Barely trained kids. Got headache explaining it. Time to sleep.
Justusday, Termini 11, 1284CE:
Fighting orc army today. Oh joy. Thundershines teleport us there. Saves a lot of walking, at least. Ended up pretty close, surprisingly. Not stuck in mountain either. Counting my blessings. Eldeth talks to bird to send a message to Shirogh. Interesting juxtaposition: barbarian talking like a bird. Also unnerving, somehow. Couldn’t be bothered climbing down, so decided to teleport down instead. Took Eldeth, since she doesn’t seem to like heights. Funny thing. Tiefling seems to be able to scout using his shadow. Intriguing. Must find out more.
Aviendha found where orc commanders are camped. Conveniently behind army. Attacked while diverted by feint from city. Attacked troll leaders. Fireball took the wind out of them. More crossbow practice. Pretty little headshot. Found demon-possessed troll. Cutting the head off caused the snake to die; trashed out while dying though, so we decided to not stand in its way. Made our way back to Shirogh.
Giants are attacking the city. Spotted demons as well. No time to lose. Have to perform the ritual. Going down to ancient halls. Felt like earthquakes above; probably giants breaching the wall. No time left. Demons are flooding into the halls. Through broken door, into next hall. Gloriea summoned wall of fire. Not going to be enough, but good start. More demons. Manes, dretches, barlguras, chasme. Getting overrun. Managed to keep them at bay. Gloriea started ritual; no more wall of fire. We’re fucked. Demons are being summoned to the circle as well. Rhogash managed to shut the broken door. No respite though, glabrezu smashed door. We’re so fucked. Caught a break, though: monk tossed a bead of force and managed to contain it. Bigger break: summoning ritual completed. Demons are fucked. Bead of force vanished; seconds later, glabrezu vanished. Good laugh.
Back up to the city. City walls breached, as expected. Giant army scattered. City took a beating though. Morgran going to find his home. We found a sheltered corner to camp for the night. Can’t sleep. Need to know how Oiaxar can orchestrate two armies and a minor demon incursion, even though he should still be bound. Ashnor might be the key. Ashnor’s dispersion statues have been disturbed. Will need to investigate.