Disparage Breakout

Third Session: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
or rather, from a sewer to a forge

Blank finds Ealaia in a state of shock on an alleyway and helps her climb on top of the roof of one of the dwellings in order to hide from the Warforged patrols. Later on, they are joined by Crescentlord and the hobgoblins he has managed to gather. Even later, Coral appears. t this point, Cid sends her a sending in which he instructs the party to either storm the castle during night-time after resting or to return to Tantalus before nightfall. They decide to attempt completing the mission and eventually enter the sewers where they identify and divide Haidar’s and Garland’s possessions.

Blank and Crescentlord lead the way towards the castle, and on the way, the party encounters five more hobgoblins – each of the missing ones, actually. This brings the number of hobgoblins up to Blank and eight others (including Cinna and Marcus). Eventually, having almost made their way to the castle, Crescentlord hears heavy breathing ahead albeit he cannot pinpoint the location of any creatures. However, there are vast heaps of garbage ahead. He leads the way but is nevertheless surprised by the first Otyugh arising from among the thrash. The rest charge in and begin barraging the Otyugh, slowed by Coral, with their attacks. Crescentlord scales the walls to position himself behind it while Blank tumbles under it to attack it from behind. Almost immediately after Ealaia dispatches of the abomination with a blast of fire, another rises behind Blank. It, too, dies soon enough, and Crescentlord spots how there is a body stuck on the garbage. The party snatches the crystal lodged on its neck as well as its unnaturally clean vest and many are left wondering whatever has happened but they nevertheless continue on.

Just as they are about to reach the entryway into the forges, Quinn Quen steps from the shadows to block their way. He makes it clear that his family is in need of compensation for what happened with their inn. If the characters do not pay him, he will alert the guards and they will no longer be able to use the forges to surprise the count. Eventually, the party ends up bribing the dwarves with some of Garland’s trinkets as well as most of their spare cash and the vest Crescentlord found. Not wanting to face a surprisingly big pack of hobgoblins, Quinn and Maggie withdraw.

The party rests before storming Eisenhall. Crescentlord and Blabk go throughtheir plans in more detail while the casters sleep, and they eventually decide to split the party into two groups – the original raid team (bar Haidar) and the rest of the hobgoblins. After using the rust bomb, Crescentlord scouts ahead and manages to spot the amount of guards down at the forges. The rest of his team enter first and albeit they are almost caught a few times, they manage to stop the vanguards from making an alarm. Instead, they manage to sneak all the way to the stairs before having to openly combat the guards by the elevator. While this does attractthe attention of the rest of the warforged who begin advancing towards the party, Ealaia’s blasts of fire and a fountainhead arrow from Crescentlord destroy the first wave almost instantaneously. The second wave lasts longer but battle is joined by the other team of hobgoblins, and together, the mercenaries dispatch the warforged. Guided by Ealaia’s divinations, they decide to take the elevator up together.

Second Session: Meet the Monsters
Both human and vermin

After waking up early in the morning, before any of the customers staying in the inn would awaken, the group discussed its exact plans with Cid and Maggie. The hobgoblins dispersed to gather information while Cid explained the details concerning the raid to the group. They decided to first scout the town and gather information concerning the locals’ view on this wedding business. Coral stayed behind to observe the magister once he would arrive, Crescentlord hid himself by Eisenhall’s drawbridge and oversaw the traffic from and into the castle. In the meantime, Haidar and Ealaia were questioning the locals about this wedding and eventually they uncovered that many of the locals were unnerved by this uncharacteristic move and the circumstances surrounding it. Apparently, according to people affiliated with Eisenhall’s servants, the princess was not receiving her meals from the kitchens and the Count had ordered blueprints for giant metal spider carapaces.

When magister Ornitier left Eisenhall, Crescentlord began shadowing him, all the while watching his crude and sadistic behavior from afar. Both he and Coral witnessed the magister torturing and choking a halfling child and forcing another to taste his food for poisons before smacking him aside. When Coral attempted to leave the premises, Garland picked her out and began preaching the superiority of the human race and their magic, ordering Coral to bow before him. While his kicks did little to no damage and the wand he used to demonstrate his point regarding the superiority of modern magic did not have a chance of affecting Coral, this camaraderie did prove the magister to be completely delusional and intoxicated with power. Coral managed to escape and the group would have avoided any further interaction with the magister for the time being, had a hobgoblin not arrived on the scene at the worst possible time. Blasted by magic missiles, he began berserking and was promptly dispatched by the magister and his persistent harrier homunculi. Coral was moved to re-enter the tavern, causing the paranoid magister to foam and cast a fireball at the civilians inside. He was quickly slashed and burned to death by the rest of the party who were waiting outside. However, the persistent harriers proved persistent indeed, even after their master’s death. Crescentlord also found Maggie Quen to be somewhat frustrated by this turn of events as she attempted shanking him when he arrived to save and drag her away from the burning tavern.

After Crescentlord had escaped the enraged dwarven matron, the tavern was actually wracked by another, even greater explosion. The party managed to dispatch the rest of the homunculi and before the nearest patrols arrived, they had packed their belongings, looted those of the magister and ascertained that Maggie Quen was nowhere to be found. They escaped over the fence in the back and were forced to split: Haidar and Ealaia would wait in the sewers, hidden from the public view, while Crescentlord and Coral would use their disguising magic to search for the remaining hobgoblins and to guide them.

While Crescentlord did find most of the remaining hobgoblins, the ones left in the sewers were ambushed by a group of giant cockroaches. While Haidar fought bravely, drawing the vermins’ attention away from Ealaia who kept healing him with her magic, the two were forced on the defensive. Ealaia began climbing first and once she had escaped through the manhole, Haidar followed her example. However, already weakened, he was critically wounded by one of the cockroaches as he attempted to withdraw and this caused him to lose consciousness. Death in the mandibles of these giant vermin followed swiftly afterwards.

First Session: Hobgoblins everywhere
Yes, even there

The group is first briefed by Captain-Commander Cid about the aims of the mission: they are to infiltrate Eisenhall though the sewers (after scouting them beforehand) and into its foundry with a bunch of hobgoblins called Marcus, Blank and Cinna; they are to neutralize the castle’s magister after being informed more about him by Maggie Quen, and they; and they are to save Princess Pomegranate before she is sacrificed to summon a great evil into this time of enlightenment. Having been left to their own devices, the party decided to track down the hobgoblins who would help them storm the castle and to test their performance by seeing whether or not they could entertain the three. However, Haidar mistook a member of the ship’s crew for Cinna and began rambling about their mission. Crescentlord thought this was Marcus instead; Coral did not care but rather used her skills in prestidigitation to make a small and silent pig appear above Haidar’s head. However, matters were settled to the degree that the hobgoblin informed the party about the whereabouts of the ones they were looking for, in the ship’s resting areas.

In there, one of the three hobgoblins was revealed to be somewhat more talkative than the others, one more decisive than the rest and the last one quite lazy but jolly. The last one was Cinna and the second one Marcus, leaving Blank as the talkative one. The members of this group decided to discuss matters on deck where, after a while, they were interrupted by Captain Cid’s command to prepare for leaving ship in order to prepare a landing spot for it in the forest. The members of the party proper were to act as vanguards while the hobgoblins would focus their attention on sawing the trees and thus preparing the site for landing before the morning mist would disperse and reveal S.S. Tantalus to the enemy.

On the ground, Crescentlord started circling the site in order to find out about any possible threats in advance. He did identify the smell of certain forest-dwelling animals, including wolves and bears, before his sensitive nose was assaulted by the stench of ogrekind. As it happened to be, around this time, Haidar also noticed three silently approaching silhouettes in the mist. He prepared his bow in order to welcome the two hunched beasts and their gigantic master. Coral noted this difference in the atmosphere and joined Haidar on this side of the furiously sawing hobgoblins. When they ascertained that the silhouette indeed belonged to a relatively intelligent semi-humanoid who held a deadly grudge towards hobgoblins, the two readied themselves for the fight. Crescentlord had also noted the ogre’s presence and hurried to the landing site in order to help in the fight.

The ogre sent its bears to maul the enemy as the brute’s advance guard. Coral sent a magical web their way and while the bears were not stopped by the web, Ealaia did ignite it with a fiery burst that filled the air with the smell of crisp fur. Crescentlord’s arrow felled one of the beasts while the other was bombarded to death by Coral’s magical missiles and Ealai’s bursts of fire. After throwing a rock with nigh fatal precision at the closest hobgoblin, the ogre charged in and was greeted by Haidar who managed to cut it but was in turn bombarded with a ferocious onslaught. He was saved by the inspiring teamwork between everyone: Ealaia would prepare a healing touch for when he would arrive beside her, he would attack the ogre with all his might (boosted by an earlier haste spell by Coral) and Coral would slide him away from the enemy’s reach with her magic. Using this opportunity, Crescentlord managed to draw their adversary’s ire with his arrows. He was smashed against a tree by a powerful blow of a morningstar before escaping with the help of his chronocharm’s magic. While the enemy was enraged by this turn of events, it could not turn the tide of battle any longer and was continuously wounded by fire, steel and even acid from one of Crescentlord’s special arrows. In the end, its miserable life was brought to an abrupt closure by a hail of magical missiles which blasted its head into bloody pulp.

Haidar, exhausted by the strenuous fight, collapsed next to the ogre’s headless corpse. He noted how its ivory (if now blood-splattered) gloves hardly fit the rest of the brute’s outfit and slid them from its claws. As Ealaia noticed the shrinking gloves – for shrink they did once looted from the dead ogre – she realized that not only were they magical but would likely provide their user with the ability to strike true once a day. When Crescentlord left to scout ahead of the party and to search for the smuggler’s secret door which would lead the company to town, Coral identified the gloves’ command word. Jestingly, she attempted to lie about the command to Haidar who wished to become the new wielder of these gloves. However, her obvious jests were caught on even by Haidar, and eventually, the elf was forced to provide her half-orc comrade with the truth of the matter.

Meanwhile, Crescentlord decided to search every nook and cranny and took almost the whole day to locate the secret door he was to find. Searching it for traps, he did notice the fusillade of darts which would spring at any unwary customers. However, disabling this device failed miserably. Luckily, he was merely scratched by a few of the darts since most stuck on the door. While reporting of his finds to the rest earlier, he highlighted how the trap had been disabled, albeit upon entering the secret tunnel, most noticed how it had merely been triggered with happily minimal consequences.

Once they crossed the tunnel, the company were greeted by Quinn Quen’s sour face. He had waited for the mercenaries to arrive the whole day, after all. Now, since the tavern was full of customers, they would have to make their way in little by little and introduce themselves as a troupe of traveling performers. Haidar became the herald of this troupe he dubbed ‘the Flying Aristocrats’ in the spur of the moment. However, his singing melted the hearts of the Pile and Face’s gruff customers while the antiques of the rest provided the necessary comic relief for these poor souls. After this successful performance, the company was set to share the common room and everyone fell asleep, tucked between the hobgoblins they had brought with them and listening to Haidar’s healing lullaby.


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