Web of the Spider Queen – D&D Encounters – session 11

 

Cast of players and their characters for early group:-

  • Bryce Palmer, playing Human Mage
  • Glenn Waters, playing Elf Hunter
  • Matt Mawdsley, playing Dwarf Fighter
  • Daniel Creed, playing Dragonborn Paladin

The heroes approached the charnal pit beside the torture theatre just as another victim dropped lifeless from above.

Taking the advantage of not having been spotted they crept into position before the dwarf and dragonborn crested the pit and challenged the scourge wielding drow. As the bubbling blood fonts erupted a pair of maw demons leapt to their mistress’s summons adding to the carnage and mayhem of the arena. Several members of the “audience” decided to join in, firing their handcrossbows at the interrupting heroes.

The ranged assault of the mage and hunter supporting them, the warriors quickly gained the upper hand, especially when as one of the torturers dropped to the ground and its summoned demon bounded across the arena floor to consume her soul and take it back to its abyssal home.

Even the arrival of more audience members couldnt help the drow forces as they quickly fell to the heroes blows.

Examining the remains of their enemies, the assembled heroes discovered a trinket, realising that it was one half of the Pendant of Ashaba. Pocketing it as they pressed onward they spot a drow leading a svirfneblin slave down a tunnel as a huge creature composed of webs stepped out to block the way, a flicker of recognition passes across its “face” and the drow hands over the slave and returns down the corridor as the web-beast ushers the deep gnome into the slave pens.

 Cast of players and their characters for later group:-

  • Tilly Calow, playing Drow Hunter
  • Chris Night, playing Elf Hunter
  • Tom Wright, playing Dwarf Sentinel
  • John Grey, playing Drow Hexblade
  • Daniel Creed, playing Dragonborn Paladin

The heroes approached the torture arena and attempted to get closer without being seen, and failed.

The drow spot them and before they can move too far into the pit of dead bodies the drow begin to pepper them with crossbow shots and as they approach closer lashes from the scourges. The torturers summon maw demons from the bloody fonts and send them into the pit to melee with the heroes who up to this point were happy to trade bow-fire.

The paladin becomes entangled in one of the scourges and the sentinel’s spirit bear begins to take a pounding, the drow cheer as it disappears but their glee is shortlived as the sentinel uses his energies to recall his spirit companion.

The battle proves bloody and costly as the drow exact a toll on the heroes before finally succumbing to their combined assault.

As the heroes tend their wounds and search the drow bodies they discover half of the Pendant of Ashaba. Moving deeper into the drow complex they spot a drow taking a deep gnome slave down a tunnel as a huge creature composed of webs stepped out to block the way, a flicker of recognition passes across its “face” and the drow hands over the slave and returns down the corridor as the web-beast ushers the deep gnome into the slave pens.

Reading this encounter beforehand I thought it was going to brutal, but the early group seemed to get the easier end of things, I guess getting bottlenecked didnt help the later group and being mainly ranged atackers didnt help, luckily Daniel had sat in with his Paladin, though it cost the group most of its available healing in the process.

Two sessions left, just how many heroes will survive to see the sun rise over the Ashaba again? 

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2 Responses to “Web of the Spider Queen – D&D Encounters – session 11”

  1. It wasn’t that bad, but your right that without his paladin we may have had trouble. Excellent write up as always but I have one criticism. My name is Night, not Norris. Norris is my “maiden” name and I can’t seem to alter it on Facebook

  2. Noted and amended Chris 🙂

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