The session began with the Wardens of Steel ascending to the top of tier of the fortified chapel complex. A High Priestess of Kiaransalee and her four handmaidens were deep in prayer as the heroes stumbled into the room from the stairs below.
The room was long like the chapel below with a ten foot high ceiling. Long purple fabric draped the walls and were covered with macabre paintings of a ring-bedecked skeletal-thin Drow Matron. She was depicted in a number of poses ranging from horrific sex acts with undead and spiders to macabre torture scenes. A thick haze of purple incense filled the room and stung the eyes.
The High Priestess of Kiaransalee and her four hand maidens jumped to their feet as initiative was rolled and battle was joined.
The High Priestess was the first to act and she cast a spell of unholy magic which filled the air around her with an unholy aura that bolstered her handmaidens and seemingly sapped the strength of any attackers who dared to strike her.
Two of the four priestesses began spells of summoning while the other two ripped fleshy chunks of bone from their ornate bone armour which they flung across the room. The fleshy chunks landed on the floor and instantly grew into eight foot tall plague zombie ogres.
Paran made short work of the first plague ogre zombie, which exploded in a torrent of gore and viscous fluids. This opened a gap for Kaelen to charge forward as the rest of the Wardens of Steel spread into the room. Kaelen shouted and banged his shield as he rushed forward in an attempt to draw fire. It worked.
The High Priestess focused on Kaelen and unleashed a spell of unholy destruction. Dark unholy energy welled up around her holy symbol and wrapped itself around her body. The dark power concentrated in her hand and leapt across the ten feet separating Kaelen and the High Priestess. It hit Kaelen squarely in the chest and his body was immolated with unholy purple flames. Kaelen’s holy countenance and divine protection allowed him to resist the worst of it, but he was still badly burned.
Kaelen, separated from his companions by his headlong rush, became the focus for the rest of the priestesses. Two of them stepped forward and released their segmented bone swords. Dark unholy energy, like a lesser form of the High Priestess’ most recent spell, lashed out against Kaelen’s chest. The vicious blows of unholy energy nearly crippled Kaelen.
The other priestesses finished their spells of summoning and two Bone Devils crawled out of portals from the Nine Hells. Paran was separated from his companions at the back of the hall, and Kaelen was even more separated at the front of the hall near the Dark Elven priestesses. The situation looked dire for the Wardens of Steel!
Baderon began casting a spell that none of his companions recognized and then wildly ran into the middle of the room to try to tank one of the Bone Devils. Lauryll’ana faced off with one of the plague ogre zombies which quickly burst into a circle of gory ichor.
Kaelen, suffering under the effects of the unholy attacks aimed at him, proceeded to unleash all of his strength in a flurry of blows on the two nearest handmaidens. Brutal critical strikes struck the two Dark Elf priestesses down, dropping them in bloody heaps on the floor.
Paran moved up to support Lauryll’ana and dropped a Burning Arc which leapt from priestess to priestess. Foxfire and Lassa shredded into one of the priestesses in tandem, but she pugnaciously held on.
The High Priestess, enraged by the cold slaughter of two of her handmaidens, stepped forward and unleashed an attack on Kaelen which crippled him and knocked him to the floor, unconscious and dying.
Foxfire and Lassa finished off the priestess they were attacking as Paran and Lauryll’ana finished off one of the Bone Devils. Kaelen may have fallen, but the tide of battle seemed to have turned, as they closed in on the snarling High Priestess and her last remaining handmaiden.
Three swift beat downs ensued as Paran and Lauryll’ana put the High Priestess and the last handmaiden down in a pool of her own blood. But, the unholy aura seemed to sap their strength with each attack and by the time the High Priestess fell Paran found the sword extremely heavy in his hands.
The party turned on the last remaining Bone Devil and soon they stood breathing heavily in the now quiet dimly lit hazy room. At their feet were five Dark Elf corpses, the gory liquid remains of two plague ogre zombies and the disintegrating shards of the Bone Devil.
Baderon had brought Kaelen back to his feet as the combat ended and the party quickly repaired the attribute damage that had been doled out by the High Priestess. With everyone restored to full health the heroes started to explore the final few rooms of the chapel. They discovered a number of items of interest, both in the rooms and on the corpses, and they began collecting their findings in the High Priestess’ hall.
The items from the armoury, the chapel and the rest of the complex were collected and sorted. Kaelen, Vallatha and Paran went out to look at repairing the main door of the complex, which they were able to restore to working order. However, little could be done for the complex wall which had been blown down by Paran’s icy magic.
The session ended as the Wardens of Steel began to group up in order for Paran to create a rope trick and for them to get a much needed, and well earned, rest.