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Episode 85: Two and Two Together
The heroes are cold. There's nothing to salvage in the inn.
Izek, Strix's brother, is still with the group. Izek is upset because his dolls are gone. Strix begins to argue with him. He takes one of Strix's dolls and throws it out of the cart. Diath retrieves it. Strix explains to Izek that he needs friends.
Evelyn: "What do you mean they can't? They are!"
Izek wants Strix to go to Vallaki and look at Lady Wachter's books. The group could learn more about the Skizziks. Diath points out that they have more pressing issues. They need to stop the Soulmonger.
Each day, Evelyn becomes more distant from the group. She spends quite a bit of time away from them.
Evelyn says that she thought she was special. She thought Lathander would bless her with a life mate. And she thought Paultin was hers. She has been tempted by darkness. She's been weak and selfish. She loves Paultin more than she should and it's more than she can handle on her own. She asks Lathander to wash it away and pledges her loyalty to the Morninglord.
Then it starts to rain.
Paultin asks, "Did you really mean all that?" He casually sits next to her. "You put a lot of faith in that god of yours. You should be working for yourself rather than hoping that Santa Claus is going to help."
Paultin explains that he never felt like a contributing member of the waffle crew. He was always dragged along. The others have so much they're good at. Strix is magic, Diath looks he's 18 forever, and Evelyn is the strongest person... really strong. Paultin is just the drunk, the "silent player".
Paultin says they should never talk about it again.
The heroes travel on for a few more days. The air changes quite a bit. They can hear the sound of the ocean.
They realize that Meathook is about to walk them off a cliff!
The group rolls saving throws. They rolled bad, except Jared, who got a 34.
Evelyn plummets over the side. Strix saved herself via flight. She looks for Evelyn through the fog. Evelyn survived the fall. She pulls herself free of the wreckage of the carriage. Meathook is in four pieces. He was impaled through a rock.
The group checks out the beach. All along the coast are wrecks of hundreds of ships. They create a jagged mass impaled on tooth-like shards of stone. The walls of the cliff are white. The beach is black, dark pebbles.
Millions of bones litter the beach.
There's a cave in the stone of the cliffs. The group hopes there's a portal home in there.
Evelyn senses that there are undead on the ships.
It transforms into thousands of ravens that coalesce into a figure. The Raven Queen. She is in the form of a 6 foot tall human-shaped mound of twigs. A walking nest.
Evelyn asks, "Which hand, my friend?"
"Your fate has been stolen from you. You no longer need those treasures."
"For what purpose did he need the treasures?"
"Return them to me and I shall reward you. A consolation prize."
Strix is on the ground covering her head in fear.
"Is there something I can give you? I know what you want."
Simon, the evil little golem, suddenly has a human mouth. End of session.