Episode 109 - A Fish Called Sylgar
Diath looks at the giant aquarium holding the Xanathar's little fish friend, Sylgar. He quietly realizes he's never going to be able to check out the trap door in the other room. Diath climbs a ladder so he can get above the rim of the aquarium. He pulls out a rope.
Paultin realizes that they're being watched by Ott Steeltoes, one of Xanathar's demented sidekicks. Paultin tells him that they are fish tank maintenance workers. Nate rolls well and Ott buys the story.
Strix, in rat form, is in the hallway. Two creatures are approaching Strix. One is a creature with a forked beard and an apron, wielding a big wrench. Floating about a foot behind him is an albino baseball-sized beholder. They pass right by her.
Elsewhere, Evelyn and Kozin are trying to distract a hoard of bad guys with charismatic chatter. The Xanathar wants to know where Strix, Paultin, and Diath. The Xanathar realizes that this is Distraction Force and he sends Kozin and Ahmeargo (the dwarf who thinks that he is a minotaur) to go find the others. The Xanathar grumbles about his eye. Evelyn tries to express sympathy, but Anna rolls a one. Xanathar says that he liked her better as a statue. She decides to stab him. They roll initiative.
She wants to stab him right through the empty eye socket. She misses the first attack, but hits with the second. She does 40 damage to the beholder, who howls in pain. Ahmeargo hears this, and leaves Kozin to check on his boss.
Xanathar shoots her with a sleep ray and she fails her saving throw. She is asleep. He hits her with another ray. Since none of the other heroes are here, we don't know what happened to her.
Diath is in the tank, swimming around. He lunges for the fish and actually grabs it. He swims to the surface and throws the fish to Paultin, who is holding the smaller tank. It actually lands in the water of the smaller tank. Kozin and Strix enter. Strix wants to polymorph the fish. Kozin points out that Evelyn might be dead.
The Fate of Evelyn
They see the Xanathar using an eye ray to levitate Evelyn, who is a statue. Many members of the Xanathar's gang is around him. Paultin is furious. He makes himself invisible, gets next to the beholder and casts thunderwave at level 6. Xanathar rolls a 6 on his saving throw. The spell does 34 damage to the beholder and many of his minions. A lantern shatters and the hallway goes dark.
Kozin has had enough. He has 11 hit points and he just wants to get out of this place. He heads down some stairs and comes to a blood soaked arena. There's a halfling with a scourge ordering two combatants to put on a real fight. One is a minotaur, the other is a hippo-man. Yes, it is Warrington Munt. They begin punching each other.
Kozin slips through the room undetected. He notices a scrying eyestalk. It doesn't spot him.
Paultin is surrounded by enemies and is stabbed a number of times. He uses cutting words to cause one big hit to miss.
The beholder uses a legendary action uses telekinesis to catch the fish in mid-air.
Strix casts polymorph and turns the fish into a butterfly. Diath isn't sure what to do. Paultin tells him to kill the Xanathar. He runs over, stabs an assassin, and then moves over to the butterfly. The beholder shoots a paralyzing ray at Diath, but he makes his saving throw.
The one remaining minion, Ahmeargo, kneels down to him. Diath sends him to fetch a scroll from the treasure vault.
While Strix is assembling Evelyn, Diath goes back to the fish bowl room. He hears the voice of Warrington Munt down in the arena. Diath shatters the fish bowl. He wants to check out the treasure chest in there. He dives in and retrieves it.
It's locked. He picks it, rolling a 32. Inside it is stuffed full of precious gemstones. It looks like there was something else in there at one time, but it is missing. The gems are worth about 3,000 gp. He finds a secret compartment. In it is a wand and a scroll tube.
Diath runs down into the arena and sees that Warrington has knocked out the minotaur. The halfling taskmaster is there, watching. Warrington sees Diath and knocks out the taskmaster. He doesn't want to leave yet - there's a huge trove of smokepowder down here. Diath sighs.
End of Session