Castles & Crusades Diary: Barrowmaze, Session 68

Summary:
Gargoyles! The Army of the Light is asked by a gargoyle that if they help him overthrow the current gargoyle leader in the Barrowmaze, that he will give them gold, treasure, and further map fragments of the Barrowmaze.

PC’s:
Llewelyn, Elf Cleric 6/Wizard 5 of Sehanine Moonbow
Elgiva, Elf Cleric 1/Wizard 1/Archer 1 of Sehanine Moonbow
Remi, Gnome Harlequin (Rogue 5/Illusionist 2) of Hermes
Gorgat, Half-Orc Barbarian 5 of Haephestus
Roulf, Half-Orc Dragonslayer 5 of Crom
Edward, Human Bard 2 of St. Cecilia
Rosaline, Half Elf (Elfin Heritage) Druid 6 of The Daghda
Zen, Human Monk 5 of St. Agathos
Balthazar, Elf (Mongrelman) Wizard 6 of Arcanus
Wright Dawnbreaker, Human Paladin 1 of St. Luther

NPC:
Inaros, Human Cleric of Osiris
Dhekeon “the Disgraced,” fallen skeletal paladin of St. Justus (seeking redemption)

Game Diary:
The group continued where they left off last session clearing out a new barrow mound entrance/exit point to the Barrowmaze they can use in the future. After only traveling through a few corridors they entered a large hexagonal chamber with four large pillars filled with gargoyle statues. Wright detected evil and Llewelyn detected magic which revealed that one large gargoyle statue and three smaller ones were not what they seemed. The larger gargoyle saw the paladin and cleric gazing at it and it addressed them. It said it’s name was Xxaxik. It was a defender and guardian of the gargoyle-themed portions of architecture in the Barrowmaze. It was also seeking to kill Zygstral, the leader of a group of gargoyles in the Barrowmaze and asked their assistance. It promised the adventurers gold, treasure, and a map fragment (revealing more unexplored areas to them). Wright, the paladin, asked Xxaxik whether he would keep his word (while detecting lie), he received a mixed response from the ability, leading him to believe that these evil beings were more opportunists than honourable. Still, the group thought this might still be worth it, so they said yes to Xxaxik’s proposal!

Gargoyle art by Wayne Reynolds

Xxaxik was very pleased! He and his three minions took flight and led the group out of the room and down several corridors. After traveling for a bit, the PCs in the first rank had to make a Dexterity saving throw, for a pit trap abruptly opened beneath them! They made their saving throws and were able to leap back before falling in. Xxaxik and his flying minions, having flown over the pit trap, looked back at the still intact group and nodded approvingly, stating that this group had potential and was far more skilled than the prior recruits had been! They flew over and carried the group members across the open pit to safety and continued down the corridor.

Moments later they entered a 30 x 50 foot chamber with a 5ft high ledge all around it filled with more gargoyle statuary. Xxaxik and his crew addressed four gargoyles and their section leader within, trying to get them to join him in his battle to usurp Zygstral. They refused and battle commenced. A PC cast obscuring mist at the entrance to the room and most of the group took shelter safely within it. The four gargoyles were located in each of the four corners of the room, with the subsection leader in the center of the 50 foot long south wall. PCs broke off and attacked the gargoyles in the NW, SW, NE, and SE corners and destroyed three of the four of them, with the fourth switching sides and joining Xxaxik. The leader in the center launched a lightning bolt at several PC’s in the SE corner, but I rolled mostly 1s, 2s, and 3s for damage, so they only took 9 damage! Seeing that it didn’t stand a chance against this group, the gargoyle leader of this room turned invisible and appeared to the group to flee through a door to the west. Xxaxik and the group followed.

Xxaxik, his minions, and the Army of the Light entered two more 30 x 30 foot rooms with a half a dozen more gargoyles and they each either fell to the adventurers, or switched sides to Xxaxik. The session came to an end just as Xxaxik led them all to a set of double doors. They could sense that this was going to be the show down between Xxaxik and the Army of the Light vs. Zygstral. In the next adventure the big battle will commence! Will Xxaxik and his uneasy partners defeat Zygstral? What great treasure awaits them?