Where the Wild Things R

The Great Bear and the Blood-Soaked Portal

September 25, 1010

Later, 10/17:
Step 1 – The Climb and the Great Bear
Most of us are injured and lacking too much in our tanks. Content Not Found: craynor_ is out of breath, strength, and all reserves. It appears the enemy has been multiplying. We don’t know at what rate. We have rallied and decided to carry on to snuff out the last of this evil before it can multiply further. Craynor is bloodied and beaten, with nothing in reserve. When _Content Not Found: shivon-stormrider asks him what he wants to do, Craynor refuses to rest. Your party has decided to push finish this before the enemy can grow stronger.

Long, twisting tunnels continue up through the mountain. We walk and walk and walk, climbing the mountain from its core. The cold bites at our skin as the thinning air makes it harder to breath.

We sense that you are nearing the cave that once was home to the white dragon. We notice Craynor try to shrug off the pain unsuccessfully. You notice Content Not Found: hylith-mol walking alongside you with an almost trancelike focus on Craynor.

As you near the final cavern, Craynor collapses. Hylith Mol immediately goes into some sort of trance and begins to chant something unrecognizable. He continues to chant.

Hylith Mol’s past experience communicating with his spirit companion, Great Bear: The bear spirit companion has always listened to his call. Hylith Mol did most of the speaking, the bear mostly listening. Twice, he heard the voice of Great Bear before, but never like this. Earlier, Great Bear had offered advice, suggestions, and ways to help his allies in battle.

A voice comes to Hylith Mol: Feeling a primal connection with Craynor, recognizing his condition, his desire to push on with what seems insurmountable odds, Great Bear appears to him. Great Bear tells him to call upon the Great Bear’s power to help Craynor. Without thinking, he begin his chant…

Craynor is so tired and yet determined to finish what he started. It has been his calling to protect others from evils. He has been able to dole out great damage to devils who have been harming this community on the outskirts of civilization. He senses an opportunity to deal a great blow to this powerful evil and protect this part of the world from harm. As he continues up the mountain his legs seem to be carried with a strength not even he knew he had. As he travels further, his torso and arms appear lighter. By the time his group nears what may be his final destination, it is in his head. Does he fell light headed because of the thin air? Because of his purpose? Everything goes black. Craynor can no longer perceive Content Not Found: ara_, Shivon, or _Content Not Found: itzam-ye. He can hear the voice of Hylith Mol, repeating, almost singing something over and over. Out of the darkness he can make out a large figure approaching him. It is not human. He has seen it before. Craynor’s mind seems to be one with Hylith Mol’s chant. He recognizes the figure that Hylith has summoned before during battle, a bear. But, this is Great Bear, the one who has given Craynor strength to defend others since before he was born. This figure stands over Craynor, appears to have a faint glow about it. The Bear is not talking but Craynor can hear his voice in his mind. He thanks Craynor for your true dedication to rid the world of these devil and devil worshippers. He knows how much Craynor is willing to sacrifice to do it. This is the moment Craynor will need his help. Great Bear wishes to share some of his essence to help finish this heroic task of protecting the Prime Material Plane from these devils. His spirit seems to merge with Craynor’s. Craynor feels a great sense of power (levels up to LVL 8, regains half of his heal surges, no daily powers, and no hp. He gets his new 8th level power(s)). And then Great Bear is gone. Craynor opens his eyes to see Hylith Mol dazed and the rest of his party staring at him on the ground.

The others see Hylith Mol continue chanting. A bear materializes – it is spirit. It grows larger than ever. It stands over the ragged Craynor, engulfing him. The bear seems to be communicating something to Craynor. The spirit of the bear appears to merge with Craynor. The wispy form of the bear appears to diminish slightly as Craynor’s body shakes. The bear diminishes more and Craynor’s body seizes. The bear is gone. The chanting stops. Hylith is exhausted. Craynor’s eyes open. (Hylith Mol spends two healing surges)

You all decide to carry on. You enter the final room, noticing an icy cavern, a portal, a high ceiling and many devils. The chain devil immediately throws a prisoner through the portal. The 8 hellguard legion devils, 4 cambion hellswords and the chain devil attack.

We make quick work of many of the legion devil minions quickly. Craynor destroys 3, Hylith Mol uses his bear to destroy one, Itzam-Ye destroys 2, while Ara starts to attack the cambion hellswords, bowling one into another. A pain devil enters through the portal. Most of our group backs up into the passageway as the battle continues there. Ara doesn’t make it back into the hallway, eventually falling unconscious in the room. Thankfully, Ara’s will to live is strong, and his ability to roll death saves even better. Hylith Mol and Itzam-Ye are the only two left standing, but are able to take out the pain devil and weaken the chain devil. Hylith Mol temporarily brings Craynor and Shivon, who both do well to help damage the devils. Craynor deals the final blow to the chain devil before falling unconscious. Craynor and Shivon both barely survived the battle. Craynor was on death’s door, at strike two for a few saves. Shivon was unconscious and had no heal surges left. Thankfully, Ara had a potion that was used to bring Shivon back to consciousness and 1 HP to continue.

We gained 1900 gp in coins, gems, and local artwork.

After Ixam-Ye determined the portal was kept open by sending human sacrifices through it and that’s why the pain devil arrived, Shivon inspected the portal and was able to determine how to temporarily deactivate it. With a small tip from Craynor, Shivon revealed how to eliminate the portal completely. After destroying the portal that let in devils from Dis, the second level of the Nine Hells, we decided to return to the Osrik Stronghold.

As we left the mountain, Craynor was met by Content Not Found: zareni-riverwall of the Woodland Justice Network and was summoned away, back to join his allies near Lambasa.

The rest of the party was received better this time, but still many did not trust us and still believed that the prophecies would or could come true.

After a full rest, we will need to meet with Zareni Riverwall and Content Not Found: dayereth-lorhalien

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