Tales of Draloya

Uncovered Truths

Session #3

Standing in the Harpies’ lair, the party had just vanquished the two monstrosities. Mystery was surrounding them as they had not yet explored or examined this place. Rolen eased his way out into the water to examine where the Koa-Toa surfaced, but when he stepped out into the water he was met with a unusual feeling. The ground was not giving way like mud or loose dirt, but instead felt like a sponge. It would bend at the weight of his steps but not break. As he approached the area of the surfacing he noticed a hole that revealed an underwater cavern. Meanwhile,“John” and Roric began examining the bodies of the fallen enemies, and found two magical scarfs. These scarfs granted the wearer the ability to breath underwater, through the addition of gills to their body. Roric quickly put one on and dove into the water to investigate the space and Rolen soon followed. They found that the small bit of land up above was being supported by a large column of earth shooting up from a murky below. Long vine like plants hang from the column and flow in the water about 30 feet in length. On these vines grow fairly large yellowish orbs, with a faint shadowy figure inside. Upon inspection they see the figure is small like a child. The two burst two of these pods open to find it is one has a child and the other a hybrid of one of the children blended with a Koa-Toa. These pods were being used to transform the children into the beasts they had been slaughtering. Shaken by this they acted quickly to save who they could, and brought the normal looking child to the surface to revive her. Above “John” began working on the child, while the other two were frantically retrieving more. One of the children they brought to the surface had been partially changed and lashed out at “John”, pinning him to the ground to attempt to bite his face. With quick thinking “John” through the beast aside and threw his dagger into her head. The other children looked in fear as they saw this part beast die by his blade. Below the surface the two searched for more survivors, but none were found. They swam lower and found a small opening to the column. Inside was a dimly lit tunnel with a ladder and crawl space to a separate room. Through The crawl space was a room full of rusty swords and weapons for the Harpies to give their Koa-Toa soldiers. There was also a small wooden chest sitting next to these weapon racks as well. Upon inspection Roric noticed a small wire, signalling a trap for unsuspecting raiders. However, he was unable to disarm it which released a loud bang and bright flash. Once the dust had settled and their site was back, the chest had opened and inside lay potions of healing. They collected the valuables they wanted and crawled back to the entrance, where they climbed the ladder to the upper room. This room was even more darkly lit and felt colder. On one side of the room stood a large stone statue to the Goddess of pain, the other a smoothed wall. After examining and deciphering the clues, Roric and Rolen knew one must be in pain to release the hidden door they had found. With a swift swing of his sword, Roric drove the blade into Rolen’s hand spilling blood into the offering plate under the statute. Suddenly the smooth wall behind them slid to the side revealing a secret chamber and a large wooden chest. Inside the chest lay a golden coin with blue markings on one side and red the other. Taking the coin to evaluate later the two made their way to the surface, and explained what they had seen. The party then decided they would need to rest before making the trip back to Black Willow or marching to Half-Held Bay to return those children home first, as they had walked through the night to get to the lair and were very tired. After their rest they made route for Black Willow, but knew they could not lead 11 children the same way they had gotten here. They decided to take a longer route, but a drier more stable terrain route instead. Along the way the party faced a few wild beasts and predators who felt threatened by the large group of humans. One being a large brown bear, but Roric stepped up to the beast and calmed it with his ability to speak with animals. The next encounter was with a pack of wild boar who charged the group of travelers. After a few exchanges of blows and fire, the boar laid dead and our heroes victorious. As they made their way into town, villagers spotted them with the group of children and began to run to meet them. Parents spilled out of their homes with tears of joy at the sight of their lost children. The town owed them a great deal. The inn keeper pulled the group aside and asked them what had happened. After explaining the events, the innkeeper thought it would be best not to tell the town at least not at the moment. As the town had been killing these Koa-Toa beasts that wandered back into their town at night, unknowingly killing the very children they had been longing to see….

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