- Gilbert Fezziwig (Gnome Artificer) – Mark M.
- Maran Maraka (Half-Elf Bard) – Mark C.
- Nihl (Dragonborn Monk) – Kasey
- Rosetta Stone (Human Cleric) – NPC
- Villitch Von Velckha (Aasimar Paladin) – Ross
- Zabrina (Tiefling Warlock) – Natasha
The Fortress – Part II
April 15, 2023
Nihl threw himself after the Orog charging up the spiral stairs to warn his master and took the monster down spectacularly. However, he noticed a Quasit, a fiendish familiar of wizards, watching before it scampered up the stairs. He and his team-mates could be sure they were being observed by its master.
The party rushed up the staircase to do their best against the enemy before they had any more time to prepare. On the top of the fortress, they battled two Elementals and one wizard, Garisul, who had opened a portal to a dark place. His sister, Neyata, had been there too, invisible, but dipped out early to go downstairs and let the Orc army in, forcing the party to flee via Garisul’s ominous portal after they killed him.
Beyond the portal, the adventurers found themselves in the sunless frozen realm of the Inverted World on Hyracanum’s underside not far from the endless lava plains and volcanoes of the Molten Zone. They were met by a Succubus with a Red Slaad on a leash and she seemed to be expecting them, or some party of adventurers sent by Garisul. Bluffing their way past her, she left them with directions to a square tower on a ridge not far away where they were supposed to meet a wizard named Meddevin.
Villitch recognized the name as belonging to Lord Tarek Meddevin, a nobleman of Alamayne who lost his title when the theocracy ousted him from his home. He was rumoured to have had a tryst with an Elf maid resulting in twin Half-Elves and the heroes realized the wizard they were going to meet was the father of the slain Garisul.
Nevertheless, lost in the Inverted World, the party had no choice but to follow that dangerous lead. Surprisingly, they were instantly taken into his confidence, assuming they had been sent by his son to help him with a heist whose window of opportunity was rapidly closing. Supplied with a magic flying carpet and a hostage Magmin who would guide them to the proper chamber, the party were to infiltrate the Fortress of Fire while Meddevin distracted the Pasha Efreet and steal one of the fire genie’s most prized treasures: The Decahedron of Worlds!
The Decahedron could open portals to 10 different worlds and, once Zabrina pilfered it, the party used it to return to Hyracanum and the streets of Ludinium rather than meet Meddevin at the rendezvous point where they were meant to hand it over. They would have been transported to Pelifree in the Skylands and rewarded with treasure worth 250,000 gold pieces for their efforts, but they decided to run away with the Decahedron instead.
Now, the party has possession of one of the most powerful artifacts in the world wanted by both the arch-wizard Meddevin and the Pasha Efreet.