Sp I decided to document the progression of the Hardcover during AL games. If i missed somthing, just write me;)
So our party met in the renowned tavern called - the Yawning portal, where adventurers, thrillseekers, charlatans, merchants and even noblemen gather for a drink and enjoy the latest gossip. Adventurers have not for long set their sights at the fabled Undermountain- the dungeon of the Mad Mage Halaster Blackcloak. They have met several interesting people, that even further peaked their interest in the Undermountain, namely a bard named Marttrim Mereg, that gave them a pouch with 3 moonstones, each costing roughly 50 gp, that they ought to deliver to a woman in Skullports tavern called Flagon and the Dragon named Cal’Al Claddani. They also met a strange dwarf, who they suspect was not who he was supposed to be. He promised a very powerful bow of elven craftsmanship to whoever would deliver him any news about a throne of a former elven kingdom of Illefarn, and infomation about the dwarves that took it. They also met Obaya Uday a priest of Wakuen (god of Trade) . She promised them high rewards for any historical relics found in Undermountain. . Alas they spoke, and slightly confronted lady Rosznar, that offered them a “favour” if they were to find her missing brother or at least deliver a report about his wereabouts. He tried to get to Skullport through Undermountain and vanished. She described him as a young beatiful man, and that he wears a signet of their house.
After that, the bard overheard a rumor between two soldiers about Gythyanki, that were inexplicably settling in Undermountain, either to kill a colony of mind flayers on the lower levels, or to train their young in the art of combat. There were also assumptions that they might be planning an assault on Waterdeep from the depth of the dungeon.
After a rather uneventful descent into the well, the party overheard someone behind a secret door, who was presumably watching them, though the mechanism, did not unravel itself to the party, and they had only one way to go. As they entered a room with carvings of demons on the walls, the party managed to find a secret passage behing the carving of Nalfishne(pig demon). As they entered the sewage room, they saw a statue, with something inside. Though as the fighter stepped into the sewage he was immediately attacked by a local ooze. After defeating the slimy opponent, the party examined the statue, and found a powerful incantation, that replenished their strength, and eased the move forward as they entered a room, with many pillars and two bugbears, who, after witnessing the party immediately retreated deeper into the dungeon. The party decided to follow them, and after going through a dug tunnel saw a statue of a naked lady, whose head was missing. After further investigation, they found a serpentine head, that fit the statue perfectly. After going for a bit of a loop, they stood before the mirrored chamber, where the Fighter decided to break one of the windows, releasing the trapped shadows in the process. Defeating the shadows, wasnt easy, but they eventually succumbed. The party then investigated the windows, and the bard dispelled one of them, recealing a secret compatment behind, with a golden plate, with Halasters face carved in it. Then following the bugbears, and subsequently defeating them , the party took a short rest, and made a deal with Halaster himself (and his secretary Bertaha) , who helped recover their comatose comrade from the effects, of the intellect devourer, They also saw hordes of gobling retreating after seeing the bugbears destroyed. Following them, they encountered a statue of a heavyweight nude man, with a sign in common reading “gaze upon me with bronzed visage, and secrets shall I reveal. “ Using a plate as a mask, the bard was immediately transported into the demiplane, where he saw Halaster himself who offered him to ask the mage 3 questions, on one of which he would answer with a lie, and two others - truthfully.
The answeres were as follows.
- Are you dead?
- Not really, im kind of a lich, if you call me that…
- Whats with the Gythyanki?
- They are in the Crystalline labyrinth, rallying their troops, to defeat mindflayers, on the lower level, and also they send out their young here to train in combat.
- Where is the greater tresure?
- Riiiight to your left, and then straight ahead.
They then encountered goblins, and bugbears, that retreated swiftly in a room with a strange obelisk. After defeating them , the party was left alone in the room.