D&D AL – Tomb of Annihilation – update on the teams progress

Despite my best intentions I found that I have been exceedingly lax in keeping these updated on my two tables progress through the Tomb of Annihilation, so here is an update on how the teams are getting along.

Team Zorbo

The team was greatly motivated to help the Order of the Gauntlet at Camp Vengeance, while those with healing power tended the sick the others were tasked with recovering the fishing nets. Unfortunately the laden nets had gathered the attention of a giant crocodile also and there was an altercation which resulted in the dino-shaped druid being dragged along in the reptiles mouth as it sought deeper waters. Eventually it decided to seek out less violent meals and released her.

Leaving Vengeance they decided to look for Vorn (having been given information from Wakanga in Port Nyanzaru) and found the immobile Guardian in the jungle. following a trail they discovered Yellyark but activated the launch feature. They then spent a couple of days trying to track the mobile village (unsuccessfully as the goblins felt threatened and kept on the move) before deciding to get back “on mission” and headed to Mbala.

The druid in the meantime had been visited by one of the sewn sisters and is now slowly losing health due to the nightmares. They sought information from Nanny Pupu who agreed to tell them what she knew in return for them dealing with some pesky pterafolk on the cliff edge of Mbala. Despite losing their tortle companion due to falling the 1600 feet to the floor below the rest of the party were able to defeat the pterafolk and drive off the remainders and Nanny told them that the most direct way to stop the nightmares was to kill the hag causing it.

The party then headed towards Oralunga in search of the sage rumoured to be there (and because the crazy guy in Port Nyanzaru had told them to seek out the sage), during this trek they came across a curious clearing. a single fir-tree grew in a shaded glade covered in snow (though it wasnt cold) and it had several red baubles on it. Approaching they found a Chwinga and made friends with it by giving it mayonnaise (from the Alchemy Jug), in return it allowed them to take one bauble each (a Potion of Healing from my Level Up DM Quest reward).

They found Oralunga and despite a little squeamishness gained entrance to the top of the ziggurat and the sage, getting some answers to their questions and a suggestion that there may be something to the south that could speed their journey.

They eagerly set out that way and reach Ataaz Kahakla, cautious about the large skeletons in the gorge they eventually find a way across (travelling a little out of their way to do so) and eventually coming across the wreck of the Star Goddess and Captain Amelia Smollet (I played her as the captain from Treasure Planet and being a Tabaxi), helping the stranded crew to cobble together a smaller craft capable of making it to the coast in return for a lift.

Departing from the sky sailors they follow Musharib’s directions to find Hrakhamar and set about completing their promise to aid the albino dwarf liberate his home from the fire newts. And that is where they currently are.

Team Chwinga

Despite a slow start Team Chwinga have made much progress in the intervening sessions. They overcame the trials and traps of Camp Righteous, visited Camp Vengeance where having several members of the order amongst them put them in good stead and they were told there was a missing patrol that had headed towards Mbala in search of the wise-woman there. The Dragonborn Swashbuckler also received a visit from a sewn sister and had begun losing health when he slept.

Reaching Mbala they found that there was some form of barrier preventing their guide, Eku, from entering the village so she made a meagre camp while they explored the ruins. Here they found a trio of figures gardening beside a hut and discovered them to be zombies of the missing Order patrol. After destroying them they met Nanny Pupu who calmly told them she made them from corpses she found, probably killed by the nearby pterafolk, she invited them in to share her stew while they talked. The half-orc barbarian was happy to accept but most of the party chose not to partake. That night when the swashbuckler was on watch back at their camp he saw a foggy mist cover the ruins and in the swirls could see ghostly forms of the former inhabitants going about their daily business. He chose to sneak back towards Nanny’s hut could see no sign of Nanny.

However the garden was all disturbed and just as he realised the earth had been moved from underneath he saw a hand out of the corner of his eye reaching for him – a very, very big hand! He ran back to the camp and roused his companions. They faced the creature, a flesh golem created from the amalgamation of the remaining patrol corpses and were eventually able to defeat it, and decided that as Eku had said, Nanny was not a creature of goodness. They returned to the hut but she was not to be found. Behind the hut they found a short set of rough stairs leading to a chamber with a large black iron cauldron of bubbling green liquid (despite having no heat source below it). They tipped it over, flooding the floor with the acidic fluid which reacted with the stone floor to give off noxious gas but thankfully they got out mostly unaffected. Here they saw Nanny before them just laughing at them, they tried to attack her but something else was attacking them, something unseen. Once they were able to land a blow on the laughing Nanny they discovered that it was an illusion.

Finally the monk managed to get his blanket over the invisible assailant which allowed the rest of the party to target it easier and they finally killed Nanny Pupu. This was able to then release the ghosts of Mbala and Eku was also able to finally enter the village. As they had done as she had asked she agreed that she would now lead them to Omu for free as agreed.

They began to make good pace as they continued south, encountering some zombie girallons on the way but being able to overcome them. They also found what looked to be an abandoned stone shrine, mostly intact, and chose to use it for an overnight camp. Examining the pictographs with Eku’s help they were able to see they told the story of Ubtao and the Nine Trickster gods, the dragonborn chose to beseech these gods/spirits of Chult saying that he was devoted to stopping the death curse and aid the people of Chult just as they had done in the past but he couldn’t do so if he succumbed to the death curse himself because of the hags draining his life. Amazingly, come morning he appeared to be free of the draining effect and the nightmares.

Continuing south they begin to reach the rising ground and the jungle teems with danger.

 

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