KoG

Season 5 Mid-season finale: The Indiscreet Fleet- Victory At a Cost

What have we done...

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A wave of intense nausea spreads across the grove and many people all at once lose their lunches to put it lightly. While the afflicted members of the party succumb to bouts of vomiting, other members split off to look for the perpetrators behind this madness. Apostrophe and Aoth eventually find a group of Kuo Toa who seem to be up to something vaguely suspicious. In this time, Aoth reveals his capabilities to speak Undercommon and tries to coax them into revealing what they’re up to. The Kuo Toa don’t tell them much in response other than “”/characters/hillary-fishton" class=“wiki-content-link”>Fishton must win!" and admiring her brilliance before rushing off hurriedly. The befuddled duo, along with Apostrophe’s sick Halfling friend, end up following one of the stragglers off to the Brickleburger. Inside, they find the escaping fish-person and what can only be described by Apostrophe as a “plant-cthulu monster”, whatever a Cthulu is. Whatever it may be, it certainly does not like them and attacks!

Meanwhile, Rolen gets over himself long enough to realize that if he and the rest of the town are to get over this sudden, severe indigestion that may or may not have other horrible consequences tied to it, he’s going to need to find some antidote quickly. He finds that the General Store is closed however, meaning that in order to save everyone from the poison he must break his own code of conduct and break in. He successfully picks the lock, not without Shawn noticing first however. The shit-disturbing sun elf is always looking to instigate and begins calling Rolen out. Noire sets up a good cover for him so he doesn’t have to deal with the possible results of Shawn’s shenanigans, and lets him, Harald, and Iladre inside. After rummaging around the shop for some time, the group (including Noire) happen upon some medicinal herbs of which several members of the group know cure indigestion. They each take some themselves and begin distributing it to the afflicted villagers after. Once they finish this, an illusory beacon depicting Aoth and Apostrophe’s current situation appears near the Brickleburger, signalling the rest of the party to aid them. Iladre misinterprets the distress message as simply a neutral ‘get over here’ message.

Meanwhile, Apostrophe and Aoth attempt to hold their own against the plants as the rest of the party shows up. A rather sickly Elfy joins the party in the midst of the chaos. Shawn is first to blow through the doors of the Brickleburger and sees other figures in the back kitchen, so he decides to go investigate. He finds more plant monsters in the process! As the rest of the party arrive and take on the beasts, Iladre’s misinterpretation causes him to believe that the party just began senselessly killing these creatures of nature instead of that the creatures may have been the first aggressors. This further misinterpretation causes him to turn on his own party members and begin hitting them with spells and his staff! Everyone notices this happen and several members trying to subdue Iladre. Rolen tries to reason with him first, but the young wood-elf is very stubborn and does not wish to listen. Meanwhile, the battle with the plant monsters rages on in the next room as Shawn discovers the cow meat was infected with these creatures’ spores, and thus the solution to completely stopping these monsters may have to be to burn Brickleburger to the ground. As he’s doing this, two more monsters ambush him! In the dining room, Iladre’s havoc escalates into flaming sphere levels! Noire becomes increasingly frustrated and over-zealous, telling Rolen to stop the child at all costs. Rolen still believes there is a better way, even when seeing Elfy get thrown across the room by a Thunderwave spell. He disarms Iladre of his staff, preventing him from casting spells. Aoth then has a brilliant idea and manages to create a magical ‘flashbang’ of sorts by manipulating his Minor Illusion cantrip, disorienting Iladre and preventing him from doing any more harm. However, this isn’t good enough for the spiteful Noire, who incapacitates Iladre with a bolt of radiance while Rolen watches horrified. Noire then rushes into the kitchen to help with the battle saying something about how ‘children need to be taught their rightful place’. Before Rolen can even attempt to do anything to save his misunderstood friend, Shawn takes a previous ‘joke’ of his way too far and tries to ‘heal’ Iladre with the same method he used when Apostrophe fell out of bed in the Underdank. Rolen then finds his efforts to be in vain after this, horrifying both him and (surprisingly) Shawn. Iladre, a young wood-elf of 16 years who only wished to see nature protected, has died. Pushed to the verge of madness, Rolen spouts an ancient dwarven curse upon Shawn and his potential bloodline before throwing his cautious attitude to the wind and dashing into the fray to help his remaining party members. Shawn is mortified at what his ‘joke’ resulted in and begins to pray to the god Auspus for help, as he didn’t mean for it to go this far. Nothing seems to happen as a result, but it is unknown whether the god has actually done something about this situation or not. Others nearby take Iladre’s worldly belongings before the rest of the party finishes off the plants and leaves the burning building…

A crowd has gathered about as the party exits the burning Brickleburger. Apostrophe is stricken with grief to learn of Iladre’s death and attempts to coerce Schmorgas to intervene. Sadly, this does not occur, however by speaking to the god’s secretary Apostrophe learns he is in fact the next in line to become the ‘next’ Schmorgas, officially making him a demi-god. Rolen, despite a now complete loss of faith in the party’s ability to bring lawful order to the Guild Lands, still speaks with the store owner about the break-in and offers to pay for the damages he caused. The store owner has an atypical change of heart and forgives the damages so long as he gives back the remaining herbs, which Rolen does. In the midst of this, Pewick returns to inform the party that the Kuo Toa took ‘myguffin’, the orange crystal he had with him during his speech into the Underdank. After the party accepts to retrieve it for him, the tavern owner, Billiam, asks the party what the monsters they were fighting looked like. He has a sudden epiphany and leaves to his tavern, returning with a keg of alcohol and some strange moss. The moss, he explains, is Rus moss, an infectious parasite which turns things into moss-like monsters that it kills. He offers the party a free night at his tavern before they leave for stopping the spread of the moss…

What shall become of the party now? Has Iladre’s death created an even bigger divide than there was? And are they really cut-out for the horrors that a delve into the Underdank may entail?

To be continued in a new year…

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