- Eroun Zamada
- Peter Petrov
- Philipe Daguerre
- Rocky Stein
- Thor Branson
- Alethian Reghellen
The team descends once more into the Underground Temple of Pelor. Jorma deposits the small amount of the Mysterious Fire-Powder of the East in the center of the dais and lights its fuse. One explosion later, the dais flows into the slats on the cavern floor to reveal a hatch leading to an ornate, magically lit staircase.
The party descends to find a series of chambers that test their wisdom, power, and courage. In the Chamber of Wisdom, they must answer riddles to advance. In the Chamber of Power, they must defeat enemies to prove their worth. In the Chamber of Courage, they must leap into a chasm to reveal a scintillating bridge to their goal. For their efforts, the party is rewarded the dubious prize of a scroll written in Supernal, a language none of the PCs knows.
As the scroll is written in Supernal, they decide to enlist the aid of Sister Zamada to decipher its purpose. Sister Zamada agrees and finds that the scroll details the Evocation of the Lesser Sun, a spell usable only by clerics of Pelor that turns said cleric into (essentially) a tactical nuke. Zamada insists that the scroll be given into other hands to keep it away from the bandits (and their boss) who originally sought it. She refuses to part with the scroll and requests that the PCs assist her in transferring it to a safer location. After some persuasion, Lindwell agrees to leave the scroll with her and details Peter Petrov to help guard it.
Mint, meanwhile, has made her presence known to Lindwell, responding to all of his statements – a situation which confused everyone in the room when Lindwell talked to her. After revealing her predilection for scrolls (and hats, and pie), Lindwell allows her to integrate with his sensorium so that she can enjoy a piece of pie.
The next day, Thor Branson dispatches Marshal Daguerre to retrieve the party for a mission on behalf of the elves of Singleterry Forest. An elf discovered a palace that had simply appeared in a grassy dell, but the elves had no manpower to investigate it. Alethian was sent to ask Mayor Branson to contribute some people for that job, which the mayor was happy to do. He (and Mint) convinced the players to head to this secluded dell, investigate the palace, and report back. Alethian led them to the palace but left for other duties afterward.
Mint began to act somewhat strange near the palace, as though it were already hers. Even stranger, a team of Tiamat cultists (the very cult to which Lindwell had once belonged) occupies the place. After their attempted surprise attack fails, the PCs assault the guard team and the entryway. Although the combat is heard by the work party in the courtyard, Lindwell bluffs them into complacence with the body of an archer and lures a portion of their number forward and away from their hiding places. Strung out with no defensible position available, the work party falls quickly, clearing the way for the team to enter the courtyard. After Blizzacane explores a disused kitchen looking for pies, Lindwell and Mint open the door to a central building, revealing an investigatory team led by another tiefling, Carcassi, an old rival of Lindwell’s. Lindwell bluffs his way in, alternately insulting Carcassi and extracting information from him, while Blizzacane and Jorma position themselves for a strike. After Jorma strikes him a terrible blow, Carcassi accuses Lindwell of having abandoned the evil of Tiamat for bland neutrality. Jorma’s magical dagger rips through the cultists, ending the fight before it begins, and Lindwell downs Carcassi while Blizzacane immobilizes the last cultist.
Once the combat is over, Mint appears in her true form to all of the party. She explains that she is the Lady of Spices and this palace is hers. She will need to remain there for a day to fully reclaim the power left in a statue there, so she promises the team food and rest as a reward for clearing her palace of interlopers. She also gives the team gold and potions, as well as happy dreams.Rewards:
- 683 XP each (total XP: 2354)
- Cloak of Distortion +1 (awarded to Lindwell)
- Potion of Healing x2
- pearl (worth 100 gp)
- vial of allspice
- 230 gp