D&D Encounters Season 11 – War of Everlasting Darkness – session 5
Both sessions this week were down on numbers for various reasons and both groups chose to take the shorter overland route to the Fell Pass. Once again I chose to utilise one of the maps from Vaults of the Underdark rather than the suggested map supplied with the kit. I felt it looked more appropriate for a Keep entrance in a barren mountain pass rather than the grass covered one in the packs. As each group crested the rise into the combat encounter thats where the similarities ended.
The party crest the pass to discover a pair of drow summoning wraith from the shadowfell portal. The party mage immediately blasts a fireball and follows up with an action point to create a fountain of flame to block the portal spewing forth more wraith. The drow managed to batter the half-orc beserker and eladrin paladin with attacks causing ongoing damage and either slowing or immobilising the heroes temporarily.
The drow mage uses his levitation in an effort to stay out of the heroes reach but the party used hypnotism to force him to attack his wicked sister before draggin him back into the fight with beguiling strands. The melee was brutal, the heroes having to utilise all four healing powers of the wand as well as drinking from the Tears of Helm before finally overcoming the drow siblings.
Axelcrantz used the wand to clsoe the portal and push the darkness in the area back as the heroes discovered the war plans of the drow and the threat to Nesme.
The heroes reach the Fell Keep and are immediately set upon by the drow and wraith. The immobilising effects and ongoing damage quickly take a toll and the party struggles to attack the drow mage as it levitates, continuing to rise as it rains necrotic lightning down upon them. The dragonborn rogue is first to fall at the hands of the drow priestess and minutes later the Lolthite coup de grace’s the helpless hero (I felt a little guilty here as it was only the players second session – but it quickly passed). The revenant vampire continually had bad rolls to save against the ongoing damage and its immobilising effect until just as its remaining ally, the dragonborn hexblade, fell to the ground it managed to finally save. Facing the barely bloodied pair of drow alone the vampire decided to grab the hexblade and flee, with Axelcrantz trudging along behind shaking his head sadly. Not only had the heroes lost the Tears of Helm and failed to retrieve the Wand of Tir Lien (see session 4) but now they had failed to prevent the drow raising an army of undead allies to their cause. The future of the Realms looked dark indeed. As they fled Axelcrantz had another vision, an army of trolls marching from the Evermoors against the town of Nesme and if unchecked, on to Silvermoon!