The Company of Odd Fellows
While the construction of Odd Fellows Hall was occurring it became quickly apparent that the Odd Fellows would need to fill their now empty pockets. Needles spoke of an insect warren deep in the Norwood that might help their current budget crisis. It was rumored to be filled with gems, however most who went in hunting for them rarely came out. A few years ago a respected Ranger in Norwood named Niroth went in to rescue a mining party that was trapped and was never seen again. It was said that he was carrying his magical bow called Maurunya, the “Flame Finger” at the time of his disappearance. While Alaktyrr stayed to oversee the construction, the rest of the party headed out to find the warren. Since Needles and Bark were very familiar with the Norwood they were able to guide them directly to where it lay.
The ground in the area was riddled with holes but it took them awhile to find one big enough they could climb down. Eventually a large entrance hole turned up and they clamored down it.
(Area 9) The hole opened up to an underground pond and as soon as they entered it they were attacked by two giant mosquitoes but Kain and Andy were able to swat them out of the air with their weapons. The party figured they were living in the pond so they followed the shore along the north wall and headed through a passage going north. They decided on a marching order of Kain and Clarabelle in the front, Domino and Bark in the middle and Needles in the back with his bow. Andy would scout a bit ahead of them.
(Area 27) As the passage turned east it became carpeted in leaves and the leaves and debris were covering small deep holes. Unfortunately Andy had to find out about them the hard way, having her leg go in one and injuring herself (rolled a 1 to fall in and 3 hp damage). Once she fell in one, she was able to use her swortsword to find the other covered holes. She signalled the party to be careful crossing. After they were across, it was decided that Needles would take point for awhile.
(Area 24) At the zig zag in the corridor Needles could see a large fern growing along the walls and ceilings. That was all he could see before had to dodge a wall of thorns being shot at him. One got through his defenses and struck him (20/2hp). He quickly sought cover around the corner of the corridor. A quick discussion ensued. Whatever the plant creature was, they weren’t sure they wanted to face it but there was no other way to go on, except through it. The assumption was that plants hate fire so Andy,Needles and Bark made fire bombs out of two of the Oil Flasks she was carrying. Kain and Domino would close to attack and Clarabelle would fire off her Fire bolt. All 3 of the flasks struck their target as did Clarabelle’s Fire Bolt spell but it became obvious to the party that the plant wasn’t taking as much damage as it should (1/2 damage on fire based attacks, 10 hp total). Andy and Domino closed on the creature when it let loose another barrage of thorns. Andy, bark and Domino were hit (2,4,1) by the thorns. Andy and Needles fired a volley from their arrows and Bark threw his spear but only Andy was able to hit. The oil from the last round sputtered and burned out doing a little more damage to the plant (5hp). Clarabelle fired her magic missile at the creature hoping do some more damage. As Domino and Kain almost got in range to attack the monster, it had another nasty surprise, belching out a shower of acid at them. Domino didn’t get out of the way in time and took the full brunt of the attack (12 hp) but Kain was able to dodge and only took some (save vs DR 6hp). Andy and Needles fired another volley of arrows, both striking the plant creature true, immobilizing it, allowing Kain and Domino to crush it with their weapons. Domino was near death from the acid so Bark lent his healing skills to the poor cleric (8hp healing).
The plant was hiding a T intersection, with the passage they were on continuing west and another going south. The party decided to try the passage going south. It went south about 40’ before turning into a Y, one going SW and the other E.
(Area 25) Trying the east passage it quickly turned south but where it turned the walls were covered by various berries. Both Bark and Needles declared them edible and the party grabbed what they could and had a quick snack. While the others kept watch, they allowed the more injured to take a small rest. They then packed up as much as they could for later and carried on.
(Area 26) The passage zig-zagged going mostly south until it opened up into a larger chamber. Needles and Andy were taking point and saw 5 very large Ants in the middle making a home here. When they reported what they had found to the others, it was decided they would backtrack to the Y and take the SW passage. Following that passage brought them to another Y with on passage going W and another going S.
(Area 18) Following the S passage it opened up into a large cavern. There Needles and Andy saw a giant Snake hanging from the ceiling, but it also saw them. Andy ran back to tell the rest of the party while Needles fired an arrow into the snake (19/1hp). The snake attacked Needles but was unable to get a bite into him. Needles fell back to shoot another arrow but not before the python was able to bite as he slipped away (parting shot 25/5hp). Needles returned the favor by burying another arrow in the snake (24/6 hp). It then ran into the business end of Clarabelle’s mace, finishing it off. After killing off the creature, the party found the two crushed and mostly digested corpses of two dwarves. A quick check of the bodies and their possessions turned up a potion of healing and potion of gaseous form.
(Area 17) Following that chamber South the party came upon another Y, one going SW, the other SE. However that wasn’t the only thing they found. In this area the soil beneath them was rich and dark, and when Bark stuck his hand in the earth, he pulled up one of the biggest earthworms the party had ever seen. The place seemed to be full of them and luckily the worms didn’t seem to be anything other than big, and were of no harm to the party.
They followed the passage going SE but it quickly came into a larger passage going N-S. They could see another passage entering from the W and with the short distance assumed the other passage they were just add fed into this one as well. They decided to head West down the passage and soon it turned south.
(Area 12) As Needles and Andy came down the passage and into a larger chamber they were greeted with the sound thorns flying at them again. Andy dodged out of the way but Needles caught one before he was able to get to cover. It looked to be another one of those plants. Quickly deciding they didn’t want to deal with another one of those plants right now they backtracked to the large W-E cavern heading E.
(Area 16) Just before the passage began heading NE, There was an opening to the south, inside this room they saw a large pool of water being fed by a waterfall coming from the surface. The water was cool and fresh and the party filled up their water skins here before proceeding.
The NE passage dumped out into a myriad of passages going in every direction. They decided to follow the northern passage which turn back west before going north then west as it narrowed down to only 5 feet.
(Area 26) At the end of that passage was a large chamber opening up to the north. There they saw the same ants busily working in the chamber. However some loose dirt came loose from where they were looking from, alerting the ants to their presence. Luckily Needles and Andy were able to react before the ants, deciding that this wasn’t the place for a fight, running back down the passage they just came. The ants gave pursuit but soon stopped and wandered back to the room(using pursuit/evasion rules, Needles and Kain doing a double run put enough distance between them so the ants did not see them at the end of the round)
Quickly leaving the northern passage they followed another going East. It had a few small offshoots that lead to dead ends before stopping a chamber to the North and another passage going south.
(Area 10) The chamber to the north had another two passages leading off to the North and West. It was full of leaf litter and muck. While they were going carefully checking for traps and holes, the floor began bubbling up and out of the muck came 12 giant centipedes. It was a quick fight with the party dispatching the centipedes with only Bark taking a small bite from one of the creatures (2hp).
(Area 7) The party followed the west passage but it soon turned north as well. At the end of it, it looked as if the other passage going north came into this area as well. This area was getting filtered sunlight and therefore small trees and grasses were growing from the floors and walls. Needles spotted a Giant Praying Mantis hiding inside the area. He whispered for Andy to go back and tell the others while he would take a shot at it. Needles hit the Mantis and soon the rest of the party had joined the fray.The mantis sensing this was a fight he couldn’t win, suddenly took flight and squeezed through one of the small holes in ceiling(failed morale).
(Area 8) Following another passage north they came across a pool. In roughly comparing it to the map they made they saw that this pool was most likely the same pool they saw when they first entered the warrens, but on the other side. They weren’t sure if there was a way to get to that side from here but decided to come back later and find out.
(Area 6) Backtracking to where they fought the mantis, they followed another passage going east. This opened into a large cavern where more giant ants were going about their business. As quiet as Andy and Needles were trying to be, the ants detected their presence. As the ants charged the passage Needles backpedaled and fired an arrow as one of the ants closed the distance and attacked Andy, biting her hard (16/6hp). Clarabelle charged up to fill Needles spot and to block the ants from coming down further as Bark cast entangle right in front of her and Andy, trapping the ants and allowing Andy to fall back without being attacked. Kain stepped up to fill her position and him and Clarabelle began their attack on the entangled ants. Andy quaffed the healing potion they had recently found and took a breath. Needles was firing on the frontline of ants knowing that if he missed, he could hit his partners but so far his aim had been true, and between him and Kain they finished off one and hurt the one that took its place. Domino took the time to bless Needles longbow, making it even more deadly. Kain struck a flurry of blows killing another ant. Clarabelle took out another two and soon there was only one left. before it could even think about escaping, Kain connected with both weapons, finishing it off. They searched the area but found nothing other than the dead ants they killed.
With the party pretty banged up and both Bark and Clarabelle out of useful spells, they decided to backtrack to the area with the small pond and camp their overnight. Domino healed Bark and Needles (5hp/6hp) and Needles had two batches of his salve to help heal Kain. Clarabelle decided to go strictly offense the next day, prepping her Fire Bolt and Magic Missile spells.