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Out of the Frying Pan.
The party reaching the cave a couple of hours before nightfall settled in for the a much needed rest. Some strange transformations took place that night both inside and outside the cave. Sa'relka sealed himself inside a cocoon and emerged the next day with a set of wings while Reysons Moon Wisp grew to a more humanoid shape taking on the appearance of an Eladrin with wings. Outside the cave the forest that had burned for so long was being touched by snow, Upon seeing this Sa'Relka with his four arms and his races natural affinity to snow initiated a snow ball fight firing salvos of shots at the other members despite hitting 500 and Dara neither got involved 500 due to his usual sombre nature and Dara due to her depressed state. Reyson joined in and also made a Snow Seela sending Dara into a more depressed state. Sa' Relka then began building a fort with the snow but upon finishing was immediatly forced to defend it when Kashant tried to sneak around the back and urinate on the side of it, pushing some snow down Kashant was quick to cart wheel out of the way and in the process managed to write his name in the wall in an amazing feat of precision and dexterity. Reyson then began blasting the walls with his Eldritch magic, the first salvo of snowballs missed him but after one more blast the 3 of the second salvo caught him perfectly knocking him over into the snow as he ran away.

The party then headed back towards the tower on the bridge arriving just before dawn, Sa' Relka deciding to test out his new wings flew up to the 2nd floor window causing a panic as Krystin spotted him and screamed loudly waking Torrent and Haddin. Kashant retrieving Moss' crushed body from the bag of holding(retcon from last episode) and buried him outside in an unmarked grave. During this Reyson stuffed the bag(already containing a Stags body(details of 500's study to come later)) with the table with the map of the forest engraved on it.

EDIT:Torrent questioned the party about the fire stopping and Indomitability although the party did not reveal too much she informed them that Krystin began recovering after the fire stopped, she also informed the party that while she had obviously had a troubled sleep the only coherent thing to come from her was just before the fire stopped she awoke sat bolt upright in the bed and shouted "Deception." before once again collapsing.

Before setting off in earnest the party first went to the shrine in the village finding that Eteranth was gone, the body of the Eladrin had burned to a cinder and the preserving presence was no longer present.

The rest of the journey out of the forest proved uneventful but the party faced new challenges as they made their way into a treacherous mountain pass. Kashant led the way past the first obstacle, a large rock slide fell across the path which he deftly traversed leading the party to safety. Before long though the party were hit by a driving snowstorm forcing them to seek refuge, Reyson spotted a cave but as soon as they entered they knew this wasn't the safety they had sought. From within the cave a moaning sound could be heard, Kashant sneaking up to one alcove could see a zombie with a cold aura around him he then signalled to the rest of the party the presence of a zombie. Sa'Relka wasted no time flying in hoping to hit and run, unfortunately the zombie was more well armoured than he expected and missed, his luck got worse as the zombie flailed an arm out stopping him in his tracked the strike froze the Thri Kreen to the spot.

The party had to deal with frost zombies coming from 3 directions the chill frost flooding from their undead bodies harming anyone who came near and even in defeat they were not soon forgotten as they exploded into a burst of snowflakes. A hard fought battle against 7 of the things saw Dara, Sa'Relka, 500 and Torrent fall, but good team work saw their allies help them back up before Reyson struck the final blow with his Sunblade which nearly dropped Kashant(1hp). The party swiftly piled up the bodies against the one passage from the chamber they were in that was not a small alcove. Kashant then bravely volunteered to explore deeper using his natural darkvision to cautiously move through the cave, after finding nothing he returned to the party to inform them he had dispatched another zombie, Reyson quickly saw through this lie asking him to bring the body back for looting. One last ditch attempt by the Shade to trick the party by disappearing back in the darkness and re-emerging with 3 coins claiming to have looted it from the zombie saw no-one fooled before he finally admitted to finding nothing else.

The party then settled in for a well deserved rest.
Session: Game Session - Wednesday, May 30 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Session 14
The group heads off to the cave to look for the Karasha mushrooms. The group enters the cave by moving round a boulder at its mouth where there used to be mushrooms. Further in there is a flint vein and further still it becomes difficult to see. The group walks in further and the cave splits, one way up to the right and one round a cavern, a screeching can be heard. There is a natural bridge across the cavern. The right path continues doen to a hollow while the bridge across the cavern seems to become lower down. The group sees the mushrooms at the bottom of the cavern which the group decides to go and get.

Sa'Relka jumps down into the cavern, pulling a rope with him leaving the other end on the bridge for the rest of the group to get down. Down there, Sa'Relka can see a another cave heading downwards. The group continues to pick mushrooms. Giant mushrooms come out from the cave and start to attack the group. After a long fight, the mushrooms were defeated.
Session: Game Session 14 - Wednesday, Mar 14 2012 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Session 13
Leaving the cave, the group starts singing "We're off to see the wizards, the wizards of the Lycium". When moss sees something in the bush that looked human sized with red skin but disappeared a moment later before getting a better look. The group then comes across a bridge where Dara determines that even though its taken a beating over the years it would be relativly safe to walk over, so long as there was nothing under it. Sa'Relka then grabs Moss by the tail after he turned into a snake and lowered him over the side of the bridge to check under it but there appears to be nothing under there. Moss is then raised back up and changes back into his usual form.

The group starts crossing the bridge when suddenly a dog-like creature holding a bone in its mouth comes out from behind a boulder. It drops the bone on the ground and backs off slightly. Sa'Relka picks up the bone which happens to have a message on it in Common which says: "Leave the case, co-operate, and we might find an arrangement that spares your lives. Carry this with you if you wish to bargain.” Moss notices that there are more of this dog like creature in the trees.

Sa'Relka throws the bone over his shoulder and Torrent ends up with it, Torrent while holding it looks disgusted as it looks like a humanoid bone. Arguing about how to proceed while Moss suddenly decides against sensless killing. The group decide to just walk down the path carrying the bone but keeping the case. Reyson calls on Fey Spirits while theyre walking to have the spirits play tricks on the one staring at him. The rest of the dogs that were waiting were not quite the same thing as the hell hound. 10 to 15 minutes down the road, the group sees a humanoid figure sitting in the middle of the road, he has some sort of weapon, possibly a glave, as his side.

As the group contines to walk towards the man, 50 feet away from him, hes about man sized wearing a tattered brown cloak, he has a commanding face but has red skin and his eyes glow with infernal fire and a thick beard which is more flame than hair. Under his beard attached to a chain is what appears to be a finger that is slightly rotted. He wields a blood stained saw bladed glave and on his left hand he is missing a finger. He seems to be a persodias devil who work for employers, they often summon other things and also rely on strength to handle enemies and are known for their excessive pride.

The devil calls forth 5 other creatures and stiking the ground with his glave each time. A battle then ensues. Half way through the battle, after the 5 smaller monsters had been wiped out, the hell hound from earlier shows up in the fight. The devil teleports away before the fight is over leaving the hell hound to fight on its own. For the first time in awhile the fight ended with no one getting knocked to the floor. The group managed to obtain 140 worth of reagents from the fallen monsters. Dara preforms religious rights over the devils while the party has a short rest and then the party moves on.

The group is almost half way through the forest when they turn the corner and see a dragonborn sitting at the side of the road. Dressed in cloth with a belt with a few pouches and a bag, holding in his hands an empty bottle and a burning bush. He places these down and says "Well met, travelers. I am Khadral of clan Petros.” With a toothy dragonborn version of a smile and an exaggerated flourishing sweep of his hands, he says, “This forest is intriguing, is it not?” He also has a small, ornate dagger tucked in his belt, while the party has a small conversation with him. Khandral invites the party to dinner and after Dara makes an insight into him believes he can be trusted. The party goes with Khandral to his camp following one of the side roads.

While at Khandral's base of operations the group talk about the fire forest and Reyson brings up the Seela, a fey race which used to inhabit the forest. The group then starts eating the mushroom soup while Khandral starts talking about trying to control the fire of the forest and asks the group for its help saying "I have belief this fire is infused with elemental power born of a dragon, and I may be able to control it. This bush is my first attempt at releasing the power within. I succeeded, but it is magically draining. With your aid, I think I can free the small glade just north of this shelter. If successful, the fire will be extinguished and my spell will reveal more to me about its nature. I have allied with a dryad named Begnira who wishes to free herself and her children from this fire’s torment. With your aid, I should be able to find the answers I seek and help her as well. Will you help?"

Khandral mentions a cave nearby which has mushrooms he can use for reagents and says that he would fear to go in alone as a constant shreeking emanates from the cave. Khandral then tries to persuade Torrent to help by offering to help make Cooling Draughs while she passes off the decision to the group. The group decides to help Khandral with his ritual to try and free the forest from the fire.
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