The Sunless Six

Into the Wizard's Mouth
15th day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six trek through the northern forests of the Sword Coast in search of the White Plume Mountain. Although they feel they are near, the group decide to take a rest for the night just off the trail.
As Anakis communes with nature; she senses that she should look for a less indirect path to the mountain. The next morning, Anakis leads the group off track, which leads to a small village. Anakis and Xanath join a mass in the temple devoted to Silvanus, the god of nature.
The priestess, a druid named Bodhmall, later approaches the dragonborn and teifling. She gives them valuable information on the entrance of the Mountain, called the Wizard’s Mouth. She also explains that she is in the area to obverse the Grandmother Tree. A sacred ancient tree to druids.
The group later part from the town and find themselves at the entrance to the mountain. They discover why it’s called the Wizard’s Mouth, as it appears to be ‘breathing’ in cold air from the surrounding area, and exhaling warm air from within the volcanic mountain.
After some unsuccessful investigation, Anakis decides to ask the surrounding flora for help. The group finally reveal a hatch on the floor of the cave covered in a deep layer of silt.
gynosphinx.jpegThey descend down into the hatch and creep down a flooded hallway to discover a gynosphinx guarding the way. The sphinx poses a riddle to the group telepathically, which the group solves. The sphinx allows the group to pass. The narrow corridor splits in 3 direction and the group decide to head down the center hallway. They find a valve hidden in an alcove off the corridor and open it. The flooded water begins to drain from the hallway.
Kelpie-01.jpgAs they continue on, they come upon a large open room with a deep pool of water in it.
As they move in to the room they are charmed and attacked by a pair of kelpies. After some time the group are able to subdue the kelpies.
They loot the area and continue on adventuring.

The Tattersail
14th day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six begin to take to the sky in Logan Rand‘s airship, Tattersail, as the Bregan D’Arthe launch an attack from the dock. They are targeted by a balista, but Rand is able to take evasive action to dodge the aggression.
The crew notice the drow ship leaving port to pursuit, as well as Waterdeep’s Griffon Cavalry scrambling to investigate. Unperturbed, Rand ensures that his ship is much too fast for either to catch them.
As night approaches, Rand suggests that the group keep an eye out for a suitable place to anchor down for the night. They find a small island. After some investigation, they conclude that the island is uninhabited, save for a small clearing likely used as a stop by fishermen in the area.
The next morning they depart once again launching the ship into the air. After an uneventful day of travel they decide to take port on the coast. Running low on supplies, Ash and Anakis decide to head to the shore to scavenge for food. Anakis find a large bush of ripe berries, and Ash kills a rabbit. Anakis then notices a large nest atop a high gnarled tree. Ash quickly climbs the tree, only to find the nest inhabited by 2 large eggs. He motions for Anakis to catch an egg in the bag of holding, while he climbs down with the other under his arm.
As Ash starts climbing down, Anakis notices a giant eagle soaring towards them. Both hurry back to the ship, but the giant eagle notices her eggs have gone missing. The eagle flies to strike the ship, but Xanath successfully casts sleep on the eagle, sending it plunging into the water.
Outraged, the ‘Firbolg’ pulls the sleeping beast to the shore and demands Ash return it’s egg. Reluctantly, Ash relinquishes the egg. The eagle begins to rouse, but Xanath puts her back into slumber.
The group fly off as they watch the eagle come to, but satisfied with her egg, she does not pursuit.
After a meal of berries and rabbit, the group take rest for the night. Ash, slinks below deck to rest. Finding his behavior a little odd, the group decide to check in on the Tabaxi. They find that Ash is harboring a second egg, with the intention of hatching and raising the eagle chick as his own. Everyone agrees to keep this information from the Firbolg.
By late afternoon the next day, the ship finally reaches it’s destination, Port Llast. Port Llast is a small coastal town about 40 miles north of Neverwinter. The group part ways with Rand and the Firbolg. The next day, after resupplying and asking around about the area, the Sunless Six set out into the wilderness in search of the White Plume Mountain.

Seeking Passage to the North
10th day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six decide to leave Woopedu and head back to Waterdeep to find passage to the the North of the Sword Coast, where lies the White Plume Mountain.
The group is accompanies by Wilderem, used his teleportation skills to teleport the group back to Waterdeep via the teleportation circle hidden in the Trollskull Manor.
The group is met at Stubb’s tavern by Ash, who had decided to rejoin the group after helping the Eilistraeeans reclaim the Promenade of the Dark Maiden in Undermountain.
Wilderem suggests to the the group to seek out his friend Logan Rand, whom owns the fastest ship on the Sword Coast.
The group head to find the Bloody Fist, a tavern in the dockward that is a frequent haunt of Rand. Sure enough, as they enter, they spot Rand’s companion, a ‘Firbolg’ with red hair and beard. As they approach they hear that Rand is in a heated argument with a Drow. the argument turns and before the Drow can attack, Rand fires a blast, killing the Drow.
The group introduce themselves and Rand is happy to know that Wilderem sent them. He offers to take the group up the Sword Coast, but with a catch. They must help him reacquire his ship from the Bregan D’aerthe.
Logan Rand informs the group to meet him at a rendez-vu point near the docks where the Bregan D’aerthe have his ship tied up.
The group convene in the secret location and start to devise a plan as they notice Ash scampering up the dock towards 3 hostile Drow. Ash then slinks into the shadow and suddenly appears on the ship, attacking the Drow. Ash then hops to the dock to do engage with 2 other Drow. The group dash to Ash’s aid, only to find the Tabaxi unconscious.
Logan Rand starts to free the ship from the docks as the others do combat with the Drow. More Drow on other docked ships hear the commotion and start firing crossbows bolts at the group. the The Firbolg hops on the ship and begins firing the ballista at the other ships. The group, unsure how this ship will sail with such small sails put their best effort in rowing the ship from the docks. Logan Rand takes the helm and begins an incantation. Fire burns from the half elf’s eyes and hands as an elemental ring of energy bursts into existence around ships haul as the ship begins to lift off of the sea and int the air.

Trouble in the Tower
8th day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six try to decide how to deal with the perceived threat at the top of the tower. Quin and Soak probe up to the higher levels of the the tower but retreat when they see the threat of the growing green light. They decide to flee the tower for now, but are interrupted just outside the door by 2 gemstones thrown from the tower. The gems erupt into 2 elementals, summoned from an entity at the top of the tower.
With nowhere to go, the group decide to fight their way out of the mess. Grisduin rushes back into the tower only to be confronted by a green flame skull. Quin joins the drow.
Anakis conjured up a tidal wave, and extinguishes the fire elemental. The water elemental is then taken care of as the rest of the group enter back into tower to aid their comrades.
As the group does battle with the green flame skull, an Mage in red and gold robes enters into the fray. Seeing his chances of survival very low after witnessing all his conjurations gone, he flees outside and tries to trap the group in the tower with ice. The group burst through the ice barricade and kill the mage. Halwreck and Pebbles finally reach the tower followed shortly by Wilderem.
Wilderem recognizes the wizard’s garments. He says these are the colours of the Red Wizard’s of Thay. Wilderem wonders what they are doing in the Sword Coast and more specifically how they found Woopedu. He will need to consult with Sir Miles as to beef up the garrison of the town should such an incursion happen again.
The Sunless Six then rest for the night deciding their next plan of action. They decide they will use Wilderem’s Teleportation circle to teleport back to Trollskull Manor in Waterdeep and seek passage to the North in search of White Plum Mountain.

A Return to Woopedu
7th day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six return to Wilderem’s Workshop in Woopedu via Wilderem’s transportation pendants. Feeling indebted, Ash decides to stay back with The Eilistraeeans and aid in the efforts to reclaim and rebuild the Promenade of the Dark Maiden.
Grisduin, Xanath, Anakis and Quin are greeted by Wilderem’s partner, the goliath Halwreck. Halwreck brings the group through the workshop to meet with Wilderem.
The group catch up and trade goods. Wilderem’s then suggests that the group should take him up on the offer of exploring the White Plume Mountain. He’s researched further into the mysterious note sent from the believed to be expired wizard of lore Keraptis. Wilderem has shared the location of the mountain, as well as confirmed the validity of the disappearance 3 legendary weapons, Wave, Whelm and Blackrazor, that are thought to be hidden within the dungeons of the mountain.
tower.PNGAs the party decides to head to town, they are greeted by Soak, and young wizard that Wilderem had encountered in Waterdeep. Soak is panicked as he explains to Wilderem that he has found intruders in the old tower.
Xanath, Grisduin and Quin decide to lend a hand in the investigation. As they approach the tower they notice a green light flickering about in the upper story of the tower. They also notice the lower floors are being guarded by a couple of heavily armored thugs.
The group try to engage with the thugs and quickly find themselves in a fight. Hearing the ruckus, the thugs are accompanied by a mage and another thug from the floor above.
The group overpower the thugs and remove the threat as they decide whether or not to investigate the strange light in the top floor of the tower.

Opening the Moonspring Portal
6th day of Marpenoth

The group investigate 2 doors at the back of the temple. As they open the door they discover a small room that 2 giant spiders have taken up as their home. Xanath sends fire into the room, greatly injuring the spiders as the rest of the group charge in to clean up the rest of the mess.
As they investigate the room they see a dried up well in the center of the room. They deduces that this must be a moonspring portal. After a few efforts, Anakis is able to activate the portal by filling the well and casting moonbeam on the water.
The Sunless Six, along with Golto enter the portal and find themselves in a darkly canopied forest. They are greeted by 2 drow who quickly reveal themselves as Sune and Eiskle, the adopted sons of Grisduin. The 3 drow share a moment in their reunion and bring the group to meet with their priestess, Graeda.
Grisduin is happy to once again see his daughter.
Graeda explains to Grisduin that she is an avatar of Eilistraee and his sons are her sword dancers. The three are to bring the church of the dark maiden back to relevance in Faerun.
They are the building blocks to the renewed church, and Grisduin was the champion, rescuing the three from certain death and opening up the moonspring portal in the Promenade of the Dark Maiden.
Graeda then calls over Ash and looks deeply into this eyes. She explains to Ash that her father’s selflessness resurrected him. She sent Anja to Grisduin, and Grisduin decided to use her power to save the life of his friend. Ash is happy to have found his matron and vowed to stay by her side as she reestablishes the Promenade in the underdark.
As the day goes on Sune offers Grisduin to spar with himself and Eiskle. The fight goes the distance with all party’s being surprised with the strength and ability of each combatant. In the end Grisduin nearly falls to Sune’s longsword, but is able to get the decisive blow on his son ending the match.
Sune then offers his sword to his father, a powerful longsword enchanted with the magic of Eilistraee. Grisduin appreciates the offer.
As night comes, Golto approaches Grisduin. The two have a talk about fate and the Gods, and Golto advises Grisduin to be his own entity and not willingly give his power away. Golto then gives Grisduin his rod. The rod allows the party to return to the island of Aerenal, Golto’s home.

The Spider Hatchery
4th day of Marpenoth

Golto offers the group a rest from the spidery dungeon. He pulls out his rod and magically teleports the group to his homeland. An island named Aerenal in another realm. The group rest in a dim lit quiet forest of tall trees.
Once rested the group decide to head back in search of the Promenade.
Grisduin pushes ahead to find 4 troglodytes in chains, mining the walls of an adjacent chamber. As he enters a giant spider falls on him. The group kill the spider and try to talk to the troglodytes, but they cannot convey their message and the prisoners attack.
Once the troglodytes are taken down, the group notice a well built door adorned with a bronze relief of a bejeweled long sword. The door is locked, but Quin figures out how to pick it.
Grisduin peers into the room to see a drow priestess, presumably T’rissa Auvryndar, presiding over a half dozen drow.
Grisduin then unabashedly enters the room playing his war drum. T’rissa orders her followers to attack the intruders. Taken by surprise by Ash’s agility and quickness, the priestess is stunned and unable to assault the group and they cut through the drow and the giant spiders from the hatchery. Panicked, T’rissa’s mage throws any and all magic she has available in an attempt to save herself. This proves to be her downfall as Anakis thornwhips and pulls the drow mage through her magical summoning, killing her. The group then take a breath to look around. They believe this is the main temple of the Promenade of the Dark Maiden, desecrated by the Lolthian Drow and tranformed into a vile hatchery for the Spider Queen.

The Tortured Drow
3rd day of Marpenoth

The group find their path blocked by a raving drider, whom seems greatly bothered by the howls of the wind coming down the tunnel. Grisduin decides to talk to the mad drider. He calms the drider enough for Ash to pass by and cast ‘Silence’ up the tunnel. The howling moans of the wind stop and a great relief washes over the drider’s face. Grisduin tells the drider of Eilistraee and he is grateful for the repose that she has given to his tortured mind. The drider tells the group of what is ahead, and Xanath recognizes the name of the priestess, T’riss Auvryndar, a drow he was to be a concubine to earlier in his life.
The group then pass and travel further up the tunnels until they reach a room with 4 drow in it. Tortured screams seem to be coming from adjacent chambers that the drow seem very pleased to hear. Grisduin, unable to contain his anger, charges at the drow taken 2 down, the rest of the group quickly follow clearing the room and checking the other chambers. They do battle with the torturers and question the victims, only to find, that they are not so much victims… they were enjoying the sick, sadistic torture!
The Sunless Six decide to leave this horror behind and find a group of six Grimlocks tormenting some prisoners. the group do away to the Grimlocks and question the prisoners.
Quin releases a Waterdavian named Geldax Breer whom was capturer by the drow. Three other cells contain malnourished drow that are competing to be concubine to the priestess. An old wiry gnome exposes himself from underneath the rotten corpse of a grell in on cell. He is enthusiastic that Quin pick his lock and free him. Unsure of the strange gnome, Quin decides to pick the lock. Once free, the naked grimy gnome sprints away gleefully.
The group move on and enter a door secured from the outside. Within the room is a grey skinned elf with dark black hair and pale, but lively eyes. He tells the group to enter and tells them his name is Iarhana Goltorah, but you can call him Golto.

Ferrying the Sargauth River
3rd day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six start questioning the captured Kuo-Toa. They inquire about a temple, and the Kuo-Toa archpriest replies that there is only one god, the god of his people named Blipdoolpoolp. The shrine lies deep in the river and cannot be found. Ash decides that this fishman has no information and releases him from his manacles. Upon release, the Kuo Toa unleashes the spirit of his god, but as he tries to flee into the river, he is stuck dead by Anakis’ giant wasp.

The group then proceed to venture down another cramped tunnel. They send Quin ahead. After a long creeping walk, she finally finds a change in the tunnel. The stone of the walls and floors are more worked and sculpted. As the rest of the group catch up, they discover a door. They push the door open to reveal a small chamber. In the chamber there is a large stone that seemingly has crushed a goblin. The group deduces that the room was trapped and set off by the goblin. At the end of the chamber is a heavy stone door. Grisduin reads the elvish script on the door and pushes the door open with ease. Beyond the door is a large room with marble pillars and a few sculptures of female elves dancing naked, holding a sword. xorn.jpgIn the center of the room lies a silent earth elemental. Xanath decides he will awaken the Big Xorn by attacking it with his flying broom. His plan works, but the Xorn quickly attacks the broom, crushing it into splinters in it’s giant jaws. The group then enter to do battle with the elemental. Xanath gets revenge on the Xorn for destroying his broom by disintegrating it into dust with a lightning bolt.

The adventurers investigate the room, finding nothing of value, but deduce this must have been a sculptor’s workshop. They proceed out a door on the other side of the room. Beyond the door, a short tunnel leads back to the Sargauth River. At the edge of the river is a gondola manned by a teifling skeleton.
The group pay the ferryman who proceeds to take them up the river. Upon leaving the shore, Quin notices an intense man with white hair and long beard staring at her with piercing eyes. She points this out to the group, who claim they cannot see the old man.
As Quin looks back, the man dissipates into smoke. After investigating the shorelines, the group decide to search down the creepiest, spider web filled howling tunnel. Not far down the tunnel the group encounter a drider seemingly pacing frantically around a narrow chamber.

Below Skullport
2nd day of Marpenoth

The Sunless Six, along with their 2 new companions, find themselves trapped in a narrow tunnel that supposedly leads to .
After hours of moving rubble, the group finally find an opening on the other side of the collapse. The tunnel continues on, but is blocked again by more rubble.
Anakis decides to use magic to more the rubble and gains good ground before she mentally exhausts herself. Grisduin and Quin then proceed to clear more rubble and break through to the other end of the tunnel. Quin scouts ahead as the tunnel tightens, but finally leads upwards.
Quin finds a trap door that enters into the cellar of what looks to be a tavern. The group move up to the tavern to find the proprieter, a teifling names Quietude. They bribe the teifling to turn his eyes on the fact that he saw them emerge from the tunnel.
Samara Strongbones then leads the group through Skullport to the hideout of the Zhentarim. They are pleased with the part that the Sunless Six have played in toppling the Xanathar’s Lair and offer respite from Undermountain within their hideout in Skullport anytime the group may need it.
The group enquire about the Promenade of the Dark Maiden. They gain knowledge that the drow followers of Eilistraee have been run out of the temple long ago and is now taken over by more drow. Samara agrees to bring the group to the Sargauth River and direct them towards the temple.
Shortly after Samara parts ways, the group is confronted by a group of Kuo-toa demanding toll for travelling up the shores of the river. The encounter quickly turns hostile and the group do combat with the Kuo-toa. They know 2 of the strange fish people unconscious and grapple another one for questioning.