Episode 98 - Father and Sun
Battle With the Mind Flayer
This session starts with the group in the middle of a battle. The waffle crew is fighting the mindflayer and two trolls with balls and chains. Floating around them are spores and two zombie beholders, surrounded by beholder-like balloons.
The players roll initiative. Diath gets to go first. Jared says that we hear a record scratch. "Yep, that's me. You're probably wondering how I got here..."
The group has lost a total of 100 hit points. Chris says that they can divide it up amongst them however they like.
Magnus takes 30
Naska takes 10
Strix takes 10
Diath takes 15
Paultin takes 20
Evelyn takes 15
Paultin is hit by an eye ray. He takes 45 force damage and he is reduced to 0 hit points. It's a disintegration ray! He's a pile of ash. He's dead.
Strix polymorphs a beholder zombie into a rat. It was hovering 20 feet up. The rat falls, takes damage, and reverts back into to a beholder.
Evelyn is hit with a disintegrate ray. She's still up.
Evelyn finds a symbol of Lathander. It has magical properties. The symbol is so bright, it could reflect the sunlight coming down through a grate in the ceiling. She reflects it and tries to blind the beholder. It works. Then, she charges it and rolls a natural 20. It's dead.
The other beholder yawns, and a tiny beholder pops out of its mouth and disappears into a pipe. The bad guys have been defeated.
People in the chat are joking around about Paultin's death. They say that he is on the Drunk off my Ash Tour.
The heroes learn that the mindflayer's true lair is in the Xanathar guild's hideout, which is apparently a dungeon complex. There's one flaw in it.. Xanathar's pet fish. The Xanathar would go crazy if anything happened to the fish.
The heroes go to the spires, a temple of Lathander. Inside, the heroes see that there are alcoves with statues in them. One alcove contains a very newly-made statue of Evelyn. A priest is describing Evelyn to a group of tourists. The money to make this statue was donated by House Amkathra, a family linked to a child who had the death curse.
Father Sunbright is chastising an acolyte. He once served in Daggerford.
Evelyn goes off with Father Sunbright to speak in private. The rest of the group sits on a bench. The bench has designs related to Amaunator. The heroes notice that a lot of iconography in the church related to Lathander is being replaced with Amaunator.
When the group asks why Lathander is being downplayed in favor of Amaunator, they are told that Lathander is the reincarnation of Amaunator. It is he who is the foundation of the faith. They are one and the same. Evelyn asks why the change. Is it a rebrand?
Father Sunbright says that they are bringing forth the past so it never gets forgotten.
The Waffle House
The main floor is a tavern fully stocked with alcohol. It has four rooms, including one on the uppermost floor which lets in lots of sunlight.
Inside, Paultin begins drinking. He watches a bottle of wine float around. Apparently, the mansion is haunted.
End of Session.