The combat from the previous session once again spilled over into the next. The few remaining Drow left standing were badly injured, and those close to full health were either paralyzed or buried in rubble. The tide had turned and the overwhelming carnage laid down by the Wardens of Steel left the Drow in disarray.
The battle ended quickly and decisively as the last few Drow were picked off one by one. As the battle ended, the heroes closed ranks and scooped up a few of the items from the recently deceased. Door by door, the heroes went building to building searching for Drow lurking in the dim light of the mythal.
The heroes discovered an armoury on the lower tier. On the next tier, the heroes discovered a mess hall and barracks in the building along the outer wall. In the centre, nearer to the chapel, the heroes found a fully stocked forge which stood quiet and unused.
The heroes closed in on the chapel and prepared to bust in through the front doors after briefly discussing assaulting through the balcony above. The heroes threw the doors open and rushed inside where they came face-to-face with a desecrated and unhallowed shrine to Corellan. The statue of the first of the Seldarine had been defaced and the two worshippers of Corellan in the party, Paran and Lauryll’ana, were incensed.
On closer inspection, Lauryll’ana was able to understand the scrawlings of madness and attribute them to the worship of Kiaransalee. Paran and the party discussed how to remove the taint from the shrine, but left it for the moment in order to continue exploring the chapel.
The Wardens of Steel sidled up to the two doors leading out of the chapel’s main hall and were able to hear two voices talking in the next room. The heroes prepared to assault into the large room by pincering through the two doors. The heroes smashed through the doors at the same time and prepared to face whatever was before them. What they encountered were three Drow lieutenants.
The first, Lieutenant Quorandar, was a huge dark elf wearing full plate armour with skulls for shoulders wielding a flaming and freezing two handed Elven curve blade.
The second, Lieutenant Delistraee, was a heavily cloaked dark elf bedecked with quivers and wielding a composite longbow.
The third, Lieutenant Vandolar, was an arcane spellcasting dark elf wearing flaming robes with hands covered in rings.
The heroes rushed into the room and started to close the distance with the three Drow. The arcane spell caster cast a spell of invisibility and disappeared. The ranger started unleashing flaming, freezing, darkness and poison arrows. The last of the Drow to move, the warrior, charged at Baderon and unleashed a critical vital strike in his direction.
Kaelen, using the power of his glorious defender’s boots, lunged forward to intercept the blow and took the massive strike to the chest which left him gasping and gushing blood from the brutal critical blow.
The initial exchange of spells and arrows started to fly across the room as the two groups closed ranks. The Drow mage cast a spell of hungering darkness in the centre of the cloister which forced Paran, Foxfire and Lauryll’ana out of the centre of the room while also just catching Kaelen and Baderon. Only Vallatha was left untouched.
Kaelen and Baderon surrounded the Drow warrior while Paran and Foxfire surrounded the Drow ranger. The ranger went down quickly under the onslaught of blows and arrows, while the warrior gave as good as he got. Kaelen took the brunt of his attacks and went down under the sustained assault leaving Baderon to manage the warrior alone.
Thankfully, Kaelen had done the hard work of whittling the warrior down and Baderon only had to give the warrior a love tap with his warhammer, Mountainsmasher, which dropped the Drow warrior to the ground.
Meanwhile, Lauryll’ana was hunting for the invisible Drow wizard who continued to unleash spells. She eventually found him in a corner, but missed her attack on the invisible wizard. The wizard unleashed a plague cloud on the clustered Wardens of Steel, but everyone was able to resist except Foxfire who was afflicted by Cackle Fever.
Lauryll’ana tracked the Drow down again and this time was able to hit him with her dispelling lay on hands touch attack. The wizard was suddenly visible and trapped between a whole party of heroes. He turned and dashed into his own spell of darkness.
Lassa, who’d withdrew after nearly being killed in the initial flurry of damage, was loitering outside of the darkness and scooped up the wizard as he ran out. Two quick chomps and he was dead in her mouth.
Baderon used a heal spell to revive Kaelen and the heroes closed ranks again to heal the bleeding, damage and disease they’d been afflicted with. The bodies were inspected and looted, a few items were identified, and Kaelen and Vallatha ran out to close the outer doors of the compound.
The heroes decided to continue exploring the chapel and ventured upstairs. They pressed through a large purple blanket and explored the first floor. They found a ledge over the chapel and a small dilapidated and looted library. Another purple blanket blocked exploration and the heroes pressed on, ascending to the next floor.
Arriving at the top of the stairwell the Wardens of Steel entered a haze of incense smoke. At the far end of a long chapel hall five Drow priestesses, bedecked in bone robes and armour, were knelt in deep prayer. The group of priestesses, disturbed by the heroes, rose from their feet and prepared for battle with the pagan interlopers.