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Location: In the forests south-southeast of Mount Lavanor
Date: Summer, 1333 Avard
After defeating a carrion crawler, the team examined two smaller buildings that the tunnels of silk led to. Inside the buildings, whose insides were covered in silk, the team found bones. Bones were piled up in the rafters, in the corners, even on the floor under the silk. Xydeco even found a human skull. All the bones, including the skull, had gnaw marks – and rasp marks, from where the carrion crawlers' tentacles had peeled the meat and soft tissue off the bones. The inside of the skull had rasp marks, nearly making Galadriel wretch. The second building held the bones (and the skull) of a hill giant and a brown bear. While the team had dealt with a carrion crawler, there was concern about the adult chuul. Inside the barn, the team found five of the larval chuul. The doors were still functional, though webbed up with silk, and so a heroic battle began to close the doors and keep the crawlers inside – even as the team heard sounds of struggling people or animals webbed up inside. Galadriel used a massive burst of thunder to blast back the crawlers, and Este tossed down his enchanted spear from the gnomish ruins. Nalani fumbled the catch, scarring her hands on the spear, but managed to get the haft in place as a bar to hold the doors of the barn closed. In the distance, real thunder pealed as a storm moved closer.
DM's Notes: Saige did an awesome job of knocking back the carrion crawlers, but was still disillusioned with Galadriel. Gwen, too, was not her style, though she thought a fighter would have been fun. The fighter/wizard wasn't as much fun as she'd wanted, either. I spent a hunk of time after the game working with her to make a decent battlemage (5th level warlock with melee weapon bent and decent armor and constitution), so we'll see how that goes during the next session. In the meantime, I like how the party's coming together a little better. Of course, Sommer botched a roll (critical 1's) and wound up wrapped up in silk blocking the door while everyone tried to close them. She was not happy with my gleeful expression, for critical 1's happen so rarely.
(in-game time & date: 8-9AM, Trivor 1)
We are inside the compound. There is a fortune in silk webbing just lying around. Nalani and Galadriel have collected some of it, as well as samples from the recently deceased carrion crawler at their feet. The venom sacs collected will expire eventually, so they are marked with the date, though Galadriel figures out a way to extend the life of the venom sacs.
There is another carrion crawler headed our way. We wait until it reaches us, but engage first. Galadriel shoots an arrow at it. It is barely damaged and sprints forward towards us. It grabs Halite and Galadriel in its tentacles and Isaac casts animal friendship on it. Halite is paralyzed but still manages to conjure a spiritual weapon and knock it unconscious. Xydeco kills it and Nalani cuts Halite free of the tentacles and we wait to give him and Galadriel time to recover. Nalani, Galadriel and Este take additional samples, and Nalani journals about her findings. Once everyone is sufficiently rested, we move towards the building.
Inside the first building, the smaller of the two main structures inside the compound, and closest to the wall and the gate, we find bones covered in the same webbing we found outside. Among the bones are those of a hill giant. Xydeco collects 2 large teeth, and we move on to a smaller building and find more of the same. We move to the larger of the two main buildings. There is an open double door attached to the barn that is connected to the tunnels. It has a raised and open section on the roof, like a stable or barn. Galadriel and Este climb to the roof. They drop a lit torch inside and find that the interior of the building seems to be covered in a webbed cocoon of sorts. The fire creates a hole in the web, but it starts to heal itself. Through the hole, they see something moving about, and are able to see stalls (like a stable or barn). There are 5 carrion crawlers inside the barn; the webbing is being spun by two crawlers that are apparently on the ceiling of the cocoon, closing it up again.
Halite attempts to climb to the roof, but falls and ends up tangled in webbing in front of the open door to the barn. Nalani gets Halite free and they clear the debris from the other door, and as Xydeco is attacked, we manage to close and bolt the doors with Este's enchanted spear. In the process, Nalani's hands are shredded.
(next game: fix Nalani's hands; everyone needs to rest and healing. we need a better solution for the doors - possibly the roof? Kill the crawlers from above?)
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