Episode 127 - Ring Wrath, Part II
The History of the Ring of Winter
At one time, the ring of winter belonged to a hero named Artus Cimber. The group ran into him in the jungle of Chult. Artus had fallen under the evil sway of the ring. The group killed him and Paultin ended up wearing the ring. The ring turned Paultin evil. He took the ring into the Shadowfell where Miranda was able to take the ring from him. She had hoped to find a way to destroy the ring by giving it to a fey entity called the Summer Queen. Miranda created an ice companion with the ring named Gwyneth, who she fell in love with. The ring was stolen from her and it is currently in the possession of the wizard known as Manshoon.
Strix tells Diath she doesn't want him to die. She thinks that she is cursed. Snowflakes are rising up into the sky. Diath says that he doesn't want her to die either. She puts his hand on his face and tells him that she doesn't want him to die. He tells her that he's not going anywhere, but their friends need their help. Alisanda says hello to Miranda. Alisanda, riding her t. rex, Terrence, asks Strix what is happening.
In the Yawning Portal, bat-winged demons attack Evelyn. She takes 53 points of damage. Diath asks to borrow Strix's scissors. He runs in to the Yawning Portal and spots Manshoon holding the ring of winter. He want to take it, but it is in Manshoon's clenched fist. He orders the dragon to kill Diath.
Gwyneth flies in through the roof and attacks the ice dragon.
Out in the street, emerging from nearby buildings, is a black-cloaked figure with a pale face, long dark hair, and a metal hand. It is Manshoon. He looks and says to Alisanda, "Alisanda Rayburton. You have come a long way to die." He summons a hand of ice and tries to crush her with it, but she fights it off.
Alisanda's triceratops-riding dryad companion appears alongside Terrence. The dryad says, "Our arrival here has created quite a panic. I saw members of the City Watch heading in our direction." The triceratops charges this other Manshoon and knocks him to the ground.
Outside, a woman who looks like a swashbuckler, a bard with a lyre, a swarm of colorful flying snakes, a bald woman with a tatooed heads, two halfing ninjas, a Calishite woman in gleaming armor, a halfling dressed like a wizard with a cape, and a half-orc with a red mohawk pour out into the street. Their leader shouts, "Kill the dinosaurs!"
Crossbow bolts plunge into the side and head of Terrence. The halfling ninjas are trying their hardest against the t. rex. The flying snakes come for Alisanda but are unable to hurt her. She drops all of them with a command spell. The bard is hit with a giant arrow. He's not dead, but hurt badly. A second bolt goes right through his head and falls to the ground, dead.
Paultin uses a vistani curse to cause Manshoon to become un-attuned to the ring of winter. Manshoon casts finger of death. Strix tries to counterspell it. Holly rolls a one, so her attempt fails. Paultin also tries to counterspell it. Nate rolls a 17, exactly what he needed. The finger of death fails.
Miranda casts call lightning and strikes Manshoon a number of times. Manshoon is surrounded by the heroes. Alisanda's bodyguards are holding off the demons. Terrence is hit with an imprisonment spell.
Diath approaches the Diath doppleganger and murders him.
Paultin grabs the ring and once again attunes to it. Alisanda demands the ring. Miranda says she knows what should be done with it. Paultin climbs onto the back of the ice dragon. Strix loots Manshoon's body.
Durnan pours himself a drink. His bar is ruined. He tells the group that he's not too worried. This will raise the reputation of the place, and he has money saved. Paultin apologizes and uses his ring powers to cool Durnan's drink.
Vajra, the blackstaff, arrives. She sees Strix and rolls her eyes. Vajra agrees to polymorph Gwyneth. She asks Miranda and Gwyneth to stay with her while she researches the winged elves known as the Avariel.
Paultin wants to remove the ring. The ring tries to resist. He is able to get it off and he hands the ring over to Alisanda. As he lets the ring go, his eyes revert to their normal color. Evelyn is proud and goes to hug him and stops herself, patting him on the shoulder. Strix gives Alisanda a pie.
Vajra thinks she can free Terrence from the imprisonment spell given a bit of time.
End of Session.