Death Gate

Wizard's Tower 2

4/30-5/1/1499 DR


Residuum Shaika In every room of the 4 towers Left behind after we kill the elemental monsters
Healing Potion Shaika Mage Tower 3rd Floor She put spilled potions together to make a full potion


1st Floor – There is an orb inlaid within the floor of tower, surrounded in a nimbus of power. Shaika hears that she is welcomed to this tower. In the floors above us we can hear a massive torrent of wind. Vistra and Zed dance around flanking with each other. The air elementals blew the random bit of residuum as dust around the room. We use the kitty’s tail to sweep it up and part of the Warforged as a dust pan.

2nd Floor – This room is the school, desks lay strewn about. Vistra and Zed sing and flank, while the wind from the air elementals whistle through Grom’s armor (whistling Dixie). While in the middle of the fight, one of the Elementals whips out pictures of his little breezes to show us, while Shaika’s hair is blowing in the breeze like a super model in a hair commercial. Jenn marks the DM with blindness so he can’t find his D10 to attack us.

3rd Floor – Magicians lab. Shaika finds enough spilled potion to make 1 healing potion

4th Floor – This room is howling with wind, and a tornado is spinning on the floor. Ruined junk has been destroyed and pushed to the edges of the room. Looks like it was a demolished storeroom, the aromas of mixed components are cloying. Air elementals spawn from the tornado when others die. In the middle of the battle, we suddenly realized that Vistra is really is a female!! (She changed out her mini for a new one)

5th floor – Mage’s Library, which has been torn to shreds. Every page has ripped out and is being flung around the room. Greater Air Elemental says,”Ah, the pawns have come to play. Every world has its lifespan and this worlds time has come.” Shaika asks Vistra, “Do you mind if I hit you with something dealing 7-17 damage and then Grom can heal you?” and then she shocks her and the Elemental for 15 damage and gives Vistra a perm. The Elemental dies with a huge burst of wind knives. Zed collects the Wind Stone.


1st Floor – The floor in the final tower is inlaid with a skull ringed in arcane energy. There’s the sound of rocks falling, crushing, and grinding. Once again, Shaika hears that she’s not welcome here. Shaika rushes into the room, surprised at first at how huge the rock minions are, and fries a couple of them while the rest of us spread out. Vistra “rocks on” and deals two criticals in a row.

2nd Floor – This schoolroom is destroyed and turned to rubble. Vistra thought she saw wet stones, thinking the earth elementals had peed in here. Instead some of them are covered in ink. Shaika was hit with a fly-by bubble, blown by Vistra’s controller. Vistra “Hawk” is doing X-games moves while attacking and Zed dances and damages monsters. As people are chipping away at the elementals, little chips keep flying into Zed’s eyes, damaging him a little with each battle.

3rd Floor – This floor is ringed in menhirs, which used to be portals. It looks like this is where the Warlock’s summoned the beings to make their pacts. It’s impossible to tell where they go because the elementals have been trashing them. The group discusses how shards will fly into the portals and appear later to stab Zed in the eyes.

4th Floor – Alter room, where they seal the pacts. There was a rockslide and elementals keep coming out in waves at us.

5th floor – Another library that has been smashed and shredded. As we enter, the master earth elemental just laughs like the rumbling of earth. We blind, immobilize, and knock him prone and then pummel him. As the elemental dies, something just doesn’t seem right. Before this, all of the elementals all made threats and used some special power as they died… but the silence following seems rather ominous. This stone isn’t pulsating, but the ones we’ve already captured are now pulsing and they burst from our bags and the 4 stones merge into a huge white light. Suddenly we remembered that Lia had told us of twin stones (black and white) and this one is glowing white. Time slows and then the white stone cracks and the individual stones are flying back at us.

  • Zed is hit by excruciating pain, he’s surrounded in a whirlwind and enveloped in wind… then as the wind dies down, Zed finds that the stone has enveloped itself inside his chest, but without damaging him. Zed finds himself prone on the ground.
  • Shaika is enveloped in fire, which actually burns like when she was infused with the male Genasi. The flames burn so hot that she thinks she’s going to go insane. As the pain subsides and the burning stops, she realizes that the stone is merged into her chest and she’s lying on the floor and something is staring her in the eye – a fire salamander familiar.
  • Vistra feels like she’s being crushed, and it’s harder to breath and force down the panic of being crushed. This feeling fades and she finds that as the light diminishes that the earth stone has disappeared in her chest.
  • Grom watches us all struggling on the ground in pain. He feels a strange pressure and the strange sensation of being surround by water and even though he can’t breath he feels like he’s drowning, but he’s not too concerned. The light fades and he finds that the stone has merged inside his chest. There is no damage.


We return to the bottom floor to find the Shadar-kai waiting with his legions. Lia makes him let her heal us one last time. We are then teleported and end up in a new part of the Mage Tower, the Archmage’s personal library. From above we hear a huge explosion and screams of pain. Our Shadar-kai guards race up the stairs. Suddenly kitty ears perk up, she rushes to the bookshelf and she starts purring for a few seconds and then huffs in indignation. Seconds after that, there is another explosion and more screams of Shadar-kai in agony. We then hear a human voice,”Bring it on you devils, I will defend my tower to the bitter end!” The Archmage isn’t happy. Grom charges up the stairs and we all follow.

The top floor is the observatory with a clear observatory dome so we can see the whole city around us. The floor is littered with the dead bodies of Shadar-kai. When the Archmage asks, we tell him that we’re from the Death Gate Guild and he’s glad to see someone else in the town cares. Grom tells him that the elemental stones are fused with us for which he’s glad. Master Sorinos explains that Xhyonnitora was foolish to take him on. He’s glad that the elemental stones are now protected. He then reiterates that this tower guards one of the Twin Stones, as Lia told us. Xhyonnitora didn’t kill Master Sorinos, and once he regained consciousness he started taking out the Shadar-Kai. He tells us that Xhyonnitora took his forces and teleported into the catacombs to attempt his ritual. The archmage will come with us, but he’s afraid that his massive spells will alert Xhyonnitora to our presence, so he wont be doing much. We step into a portal that he conjures.

Wizard's Tower 1

4/29-30/1499 DR


Residuum Shaika In every room of the 4 towers Left behind after we kill the elemental monsters


After returning to the Death Gate Guild, we were allowed to rest that night. On the morrow we decided to spend some time around town resupplying.

Shaika decided that she wanted to take advantage of the Guild Benefits so she went down to the basement of the guild to see if there was any “lightly used” robes or weapons that she could buy. The old man looked around, and not seeing anything magical, started diggin around until he unearthed a huge barrel of Residuum. Since he didn’t have anything on him, he grabbed a tattered robe and pushed it into the “magical kitty litter” and then pulled it out for Shaika’s approval. The wizard thanked him, but slowly backed out of the Guild Hall.

Vistra went to the armor smith, which was run by an extremely tall Elf. When she asked him if he had anything in her size, he began to measure her up and slightly chuckle to himself. Vistra considered chopping off his legs at the knees to see how funny he’d find it then…

Zed was wandering around town hoping to find better protection, when it occurred to him that an amulet or a cloak would work well. So he stepped into a shop specializing in amulets. He wanted to purchase an Amulet of Protection, and asked for one, but the smarmy hafling was trying to sell him every other amulet on the premises, including bogus ones like the Amulet of “She’ll Still Look Good the Next Day, No Matter How Hungover You Are…” Finally the Drow was able to intimidate the seller into finding the one he wanted.

Instead of going out shopping, Grom felt that it would more beneficial to stay in his quarters and study the Manual of Death. Numerous times, others from the guild try to interrupt him, but he turns them away. When Shaika asks Vistra where Grom is, the dwarf maiden tells her that he’s off reading, and they both imagine him in a smoking jacket, running a program called “Reading Time with Gromel” and laugh about it for the longest time.

While we’re all out supplying up, there are a bunch of explosions at the Mage Tower. From our different locales, everyone, except for myself, head back to HQ to gear up. As a rogue, I always travel with my gear… just in case. While Shaika, Vistra, and Grom are getting ready to leave, there’s a ruckus at the back of Death Gate and Barakus comes out with a wound in his side. He sends the group to keep the Shadar-Kai from getting the stones. While the group was at the ruins, the Hunters stole 4 stones of immense power from the Shadar-kai, and sent them to the Wizard’s Tower so they could study them. The Warforged clears a path as the group charges towards the Wizard’s Tower and I catch up with them along the way. As we travel, the group brings me up to snuff.


As we arrive at the tall structure, made up of a central building with four tall towers. We can see that the upper floors of the towers are pouring out smoke, and acolytes lie dead in the street. Behind us, smoke rises from Death Gate HQ filling the sky as well. It was a two pronged attack.

1. Ground Floor – As we enter the main hall of the tower, Teranor/Xhyonnitora stands above the bodies of unconscious Arch-mage and City Lord at his feet. The ground floor is full of Shadar-kai, and more are coming up behind us on the steps. We’re pushed into the room and Shaika realizes that Teranor is a Star-pact Warlock. It seems that at one time Teranor used to own the eye and hand of Vecna… but no longer has them. Teranor wishes us to play his “game” and get “his” stones back. We agree, pretending that we don’t really care for the city, and Teranor teleports away w/ his captives (The Archmage and other lead mages).

Sometimes just the intensity of our stare could almost kill monsters.

Shaika can tell that we’re being scryed. In the corner we hear a groan from an injured Deva. We heal her up and find out that her name is Lia. She tells us that the stones started radiating massive power this morning. After the pulsing stopped, the stones started spewing elemental creatures. She then explains the layout of the grounds: 1) Air in mage tower, 2) earth in warlock tower, 3) fire in artificer tower, 4) water in swordmage tower. She also speaks of a legend from 1000 years ago; 2 meteors fell from heavens, here where Wizard’s Tower stands and also at Ruins of Fastormel. Mages rushed to where the comets hit, and a black heart carved of obsidian lay here beneath this tower. In the Ruins was a brilliant white stone. She ends by saying that if we can kill the greater Elementals, we can control their stones.


1st Floor – On the floor there is a mosaic of hands glowing with arcane power. As we step through the barrier, Shaika hears “Shaika, you do not belong in these hallowed halls.” The rest of us hear an alarm wailing our arrival and the sounds of a roaring furnace. Elemental monsters drop into the room. When all of the flames are put out, Shaika collects some residuum.

2nd Floor – This used to be the school of the artificers, but there are nothing but burned desks and labs all reduced to ash. We’re attacked by more living sparks and primal fires and finally wipe up, even though Vistra and I spend most of our time bloodied.

3rd Floor – This room used to have tools and weapons, but they’re all burned up. More of the same monsters.

4th Floor – The heat on this level is even more intense. This is the foundry, the slag pit is still full of molten metal, and there are molds for creating golems. Off to the side stand lifeless golems. As Elementals come out, the slag pit lowers with each wave that comes out, totaling 3 waves.

5th Floor – 2/3 of the room is made up of bookshelves of burned books, The tables have been charred as well. Towards the back of the room stands a dais with a stone on it. Burning next to the dais is a huge Elemental Flame creature. “Foolish mortals you will not hinder my Master’s work,” but he won’t say who his master is. I run in and blind the Elemental and then I miss and throw my Alchemist Frost behind him. Oops! As Grom does the killing blow, the Elemental blows up and the light on the stone dims. Shaika takes the Fire Stone. We then return to the bottom floor to be healed by Lia.


1st Floor – Black marble floor w/ a sword covered in arcane energy inlaid in it. Shaika hears that she doesn’t belong here either. Huge water droplets drip from the ceiling and then form into water monsters. Big Primal Waters and minor Living Springs attack and as they die the room continues to flood with water.

2nd Floor – most of room is sunken 5’ below level of floor and this sunken area is pooled with water. The pooled water rises up to attack us. Vistra whacks the H out of H2O.

Shaika’s fire spells don’t mix well with the water monsters. Soon we were all steamed with kinky do perms… except the one without any hair!

3rd Floor – Another sunken room that looks like it used to be an armory, all weapons knocked off into the water. The pool of water forms into more water elementals. Levels of tower corresponded w/ level of mages… 1st floors are schools and top level belongs to the archmages. The monsters pop out of the water… “H2O Rawr!!”

4th Floor – Another sunken room covered in an inch of water. There are designs in the floor designating this as the training arena. A huge Elemental is awaiting us, but as we kill them off, more keep popping up out of the water… until we flush them down the drain! The cat-girl begins to feel that every time a water monster dies, it must be splashing on her on purpose. The wet Shifter just keeps getting angrier and angrier the wetter she gets.

5th floor – Here the master water elemental confronts us in the flooded Archmage’s library. All of the books have been drenched and destroyed. A blue stone glows on the dais. “This world shall burn and your puny attempts shall not delay the inevitable,” the elemental burbles at us. The Water Lord swirls around the room in a maelstrom attack and then we open up a can of whup-@$$ on him. As he dies he says,“Foolish mortals, my death only brings you one step closer to your doom.” Grom takes the water stone for himself. As we he head back down to the lower levels, Shaika jokes that since Grom has the water stone, maybe he could become our own personal ice machine for the Guild picnics.

We head back down to Lia to take an extended rest and Level up. As she’s leveling up, Shaika begins to feel that she’s forming a bond with something inside the stone (familiar).

Hum Drum... or Not

4/5-28/1499 DR


Raven Talisman Gromel Mausoleum It’s given to him by the Sorrowsworn for the Raven Queen
Ivory Bracelet Whole Group Patio A thank you from the blind Dark One
Black Pearl Upstairs landing 1 Found on the body of a Shadar-kai

After our return, every morning we are given new assignments by a named Sprocket. Since we’re low on the totem pole, we get the boring jobs. Since working together, the four of us have found a strange comradeship.

3 weeks later, the group that was sent to the Ruins of Fastormel return worse for the wear and report in. Before we can ask anything, they are ushered into Barakus’ office and each of us are told to wait in the waiting room, except for Grom, who gets a special letter from his Goddess and the takes off, while the rest of us are left waiting outside Barakus’ office for hours.

Grom follows the letter and goes to Plot 72 in the cemetery, with ravens covering the roof. Grom enters and find 2 sarcophagi. A bone book lies on one and he feels impressed to open it. He finds out that it is the Manual of Death for the Raven Queen and teaches about the passage from this life to the next, the duties performed by the Raven Watch. While he’s reading the book a Shade of Death, Sorrowsworn, approached him and told him that he is being called as one of the Raven Watch by their goddess. He tells him that his duty will be to carry the souls of those who have died from this plane to the next. Every night he’ll have a list of the dying, he only has to think of them and he’ll appear by their side, looking like how they would picture death. Should anyone find out about the book, the Raven Talisman, or his role, the Raven Queen will abandon him… then the shade disappears.

Finally, the rest of us are called into Barakus’ office. The room is decorated in reds and golds, definitely a warrior’s office, with a huge central desk. He tells us that the group sent to the ruins was successful. They found the place overrun with Shadar-Kai and disrupted their plans. He warns us, from what the other group overheard, that we should expect to be hunted. If that’s the case, Barakus wants to use us as bait to catch them.

That night in the barracks, there are extra hidden warriors to protect us because they expect an assassination attempt. Grom isn’t there, but the Raven Queen’s power blocks that from our mind, so we don’t even notice his absence. Around midnight I sense figures in the room, but the guards seem to be out of it. As the 3 of us tense, we realize there are bodies at the end of our beds, but we realize that they’re not Shadar-Kai, they’re Dark Ones, who live among the Shadar-Kai like Halflings. As they attack, we kill 2 and take the last one captive.

The next day, Grom is back with us, like he was never missing. Barakus was able to personally get the Dark One to talk. They have found the Planar Market, a dimensional market with hidden doorways in most large towns. It seems that it is governed by a ruling clan, the Shadar-Kai clan of Harkenwold and Teranor is head of this clan, better known by his true name, Xhyonnitora. The Dark One also spoke of the hidden entrance in the cemetery; mausoleum 11729, crypt 8. The Planar Market is on a neutral plane where the planes all meet and exchange goods. Barakus sends us there to do some info shopping, but won’t give us an allowance.


We have to do some searching, but since Grom now knows the cemetery better, he’s able to help us find the right place. The Mausoleum is old and decrepit and feels ominous. Crypt 8 is different from the others that we pass, with 2 statues with their arms raised and cupped. Vistra notices the Right statues left hand moves when weight is placed in it. We place up to 16 gold coins before the arm swings down and the whole crypt sinks into the floor. A lower door leads to a hall that opens up on a market like one nothing we’ve ever seen before.

As we look around, the group decides to split up, trying to gather info. Zed melts into the crowds, merging with shadows and watching the street, Vistra goes into the Starfire Tavern for a drink, Grom follows and takes a table alone, and Shaika follows a divine spark and wanders off down the street. Vistra hits up the bartender for info on Shadar-kai in town. While she’s busy, a female Warforged tries to seduce Grom. I get distracted by too much going on around me and Shaika wanders farther away from the group, from shiny to shiny. Vistra finds out that the Shadar-Kai are in control of the Planar Market. There’s been an ongoing feud between the Shadar-Kai clans and the Demonic Planes (led by an Abyssal Entity). He tells her that if she follows the main thoroughfare the opposite way of the entrance, then we’ll find their manorhouse. Grom spurns the Lady Warforged and we all leave the tavern to try and find Shaika. As we trek down the street, we notice an old Wanted Poster for Zed which Grom rips down. It seems that House Vrasl has posted a reward for my head claiming that I stole something.

We search for Shaika and finally regroup to discuss what to do next. Not far from the alley where we’re talking we hear Xhyonnitora’s name mentioned and I sneak closer to listen in. An abyssal creature is asking a Shadar-Kai why they have not left the Administrative Compound as promised? It seems the Shadar-Kai made some sort of deal and are giving up the seat of power and leaving the Planar Market. The Shadar-kay says that only a few are left to wrap things up, but they haven’t turned it over due to complications in the world above, things have not been completed yet. We turn to find Shaika coming towards us. As a group, we decide to send the ladies back to give the info to Barakus while Grom and I scout out the manor. We agree to meet back at the Astral Sister outdoor café in 3 hours time.

As we split up, Grom comes up with a plan to find a interesting object to look like we’re making a delivery so we won’t attract undo attention. While we’re searching for the necessary item, unbeknownst to us, Shaika is kidnapped without Vistra noticing. Grom notices a 4-headed toucan-like animal for our plan. We purchase the noisy bird and pretend like we’re lost and trying to find the address while scoping things out. The creature is so raucous and annoying that people everywhere are doing everything they can to avoid and ignore us. Slowly we work our way closer to the Shadar-Kai Manor. Vistra, upon seeing that the cat-girl is gone, doubles back and tells us of the cat-napping. We give her the food to carry and continue with our plan. As we approach the manor, we see Dark Ones dragging a netted Shaika into the courtyard of the manor.


1. The Courtyard – The manor has a harsh quality to it with gargoyle statues surrounding the courtyard. We quickly approach the front door, keeping the Dark Ones off guard while we surround them. A Shadar-Kai opens the front gates and invites us inside. As we step inside, we’re surrounded in an energy field, trapping us in the courtyard. The statues come to life and we are attacked by Shadow Hunter Bats. We free Shaika from the net and set the bird aside for safety and take out the monsters, but the bats give us a really hard time. Even when the monsters are dead, we can’t leave the manor and when the manor door opens behind us, we enter the dark room, Zed scouting ahead.

2. Entry – Even with my warning the group is attacked by Dark One Assassins from the fringes of the room, until we corner and take them out. There are windows looking out on a central patio. We hear a strange tapping noise, so I sneak out to investigate.

3. Patio – This room is ringed in shadow and the noise turns out to be a Blind Beggar Dark One. I feel moved to kindness towards this cripple and my kindness gets him talking. I found out that he was blinded because his family failed their missions too often – he didn’t realize that he’s in the Manor, but he’s trapped since he can’t find the shadows. So I lead him to a dark corner and before he leaves, he hands me an Ivory Bracelet as thanks (which gives us all 60 XP then returns to being a normal bracelet). He then steps into the shadow and returns home.

4. Long Hallway A and B – Dark bone walls with white spots where paintings used to be.

5. Dining Hall – There is a giant black marble table in the center of the room with stairs at the north end leading up and down. We can hear harp music moving towards the stairs. We are attacked by a Shadar-Kai and some Dark Ones. They make use of the shadowy room to pummel us until we use torches to light up the whole room.

6. Downstairs kitchen – There are 2 Shadar-kai getting a meal who dark walk around us, but we dispatch them with the torches we’d brought from the last room.

7. Upstairs landing 1 – I sneak upstairs and hear sounds from inside the guard room. I get the drop on the 2 Shadar-kai as the rest of the part joins the fray. They find a Black Pearl in this room

8. Upstairs Landing 2 – There are two more Shadar-kai wielding chain whips here. They leave Grom bleeding profusely, but there is a healing fountain in the next room that keeps us alive a little longer.

9. Upstairs Throne Room – Teranor and two female Shadar-kai witches are discussing the move when we arrive. We find it odd that the witches don’t use magic and quickly dispatch them. They all turn out to be doppelgangers. On the Teranor clone we find papers indicating that the Planar Market was a distraction to keep us from the world above while the clan’s plans unfold. We pick up the Monster Bird and return to our world.

We return to Barakus to give him a full report and also give him the bird as a gift. He actually seemed pleased by it. Upon our return, we actually receive a bonus for the great job we’d done for Lord Severins.

Severins Mission Continued

4/3-4/1499 DR


Viscious Shortsword Zed’Rath Boss Room It was Soveliss’ weapon


20. Grand Staircase – From up above, we can see the undead attacking the barricade. Without warning, Vistra and Grom are slowed, Zed is almost hit with the same magic. While the rest of the group kills skeletons, the rogue hunts down the hidden gnome mage under the stairs. Vistra tells the servants to bring the wizard to us, but he refuses, so we head into the chapel without waiting.

21. Chapel – It seems to be older than the manor, a chapel dedicated to Erathis, Moradin, and Bahamut. Shaika can sense the residue of a Resurrection Ritual but Zed can’t sense any divinity as part of the spell – it seems to be very old magic.

We leave the chapel to return the spellbook to Teranor, but as we speak to him, Zed senses that there’s a lot more the wizard isn’t telling us. Grom pointedly asks about the Eladrin we’ve been meeting. He explains to us that before the lesser races knew about magic, Eladrin were the masters of magic. Teranor, in his arrogance and desperation, dug where he wasn’t supposed to to to resurrect the Lady. He summoned the Eladrin to bring Lady Rosalie back. He needed us to get his book so he can make a scroll to undo the Fey magic. The Eladrin’s name is Soveliss.

Lord Severins is angry about what Teranor did but understands and threatens that if he doesn’t succeed then he will face his anger. We take the scroll and return to the chapel to read it there. We all pray to our gods to bless Shaika as she reads from the scroll. When she is done, there is silence. . . Suddenly there is a chime ringing the fourth hour and we start hearing fey bells and a grinding noises from a nearby pew where a Dwarf statue starts talking about how the chapel needs to be made bigger. Soon, all of the statues come to life, plants start to grow, and dragons start to roar. An angel statue near the alter talks about a thieving wizard stealing Lady Rosalie’s pinky to give her half life. The Eladrin chased the wizard out of room as he mutters the real agreement; she’ll have half life in this world and half in the Feywild. The Eladrin then stores the pinky in a blue sorrow box.

Soon, all of the statues return to their lifeless forms. As we leave the chapel, we’re accosted by row upon row of undead, but Shaika blasts them all with Burning Hands killing every single one. We return to the library to find Teranor brewing a potion, muttering something about how we need “madness” to see the Feywild. He asks us to retrieve one last item for him. In the cellar Lord Severins’ father thinks he’s a dog and has a leg bone that we need to gather. We head down into the cellar through the kitchen.

22. Dining Room – Grand affair, but no silverware

23. Kitchen – Currently empty, but there are stairs to the cellar

24. Cellar – As we descend the stairs, a wild old man on all fours growls at us, or is it something behind us? Grom swaps out the bone for a meat bone that Teranor had given us. As the old man takes the bone, he turns into a real dog. While our backs are turned, we’re attacked by invisible foes with magic. Vistra splashes wine and flings it around the room to uncover more gnomes, which we finish off. We pet the dog and then return to Teranor, who adds the bone to the concoction, totally unconcerned by the old man’s transformation, stating that it is best for all this way. As the concoction turns color, he scoops it into a vial and hands it to Shaika. He tells us that it only causes temporary madness and that he needs us to bring back Soveliss’ spellbook so that Teranor can reverse the spell. Warily, Shaika quaffs the potion and sees Soveliss standing in the door, he’s been following us this whole time. He turns and runs back through the hall and through a solid wall.

Shaika’s blast goes awry, and Zed loses part of his pants.

25. Fey Hall 4 and Spiral Stair Up – Undead bock the stairs but we kill them and continue up.

26. Fey Boss Room – Soveliss has nowhere else to run so he turns and faces us. “This is it, she is mine,” he say as he draws his sword and attacks. Much to his surprise he is quickly beaten down and on him we find a vicious shortsword, his spellbook, and the finger in a box. We return to Teranor.

As we hand the spellbook and finger to the old wizard, he greedily grabs them, putting us on guard… we try to move and find ourselves frozen. Before our eyes, Teranor changes into a Shadar-Kai, missing his left hand and Right Eye. He tells us that for 25 years he’s been serving under Lord Severins for this moment. In a flash Teranor disappears and we are released. We rush into the next room and return the finger to Rosalie. As she places it next to her hand, the enchantment is broken and the connection to the Feywild is cut. The lord is disturbed by new of Teranor’s betrayal, but will give a letter of recommendation to Barakus for us. We all return to Teranor’s room and try to search through his stuff for any clues, and one of the servants finds part of a burnt scrap of paper in the fireplace:

“Ruins of Fastormel: Key to. . . .”


We return to Harkenvold and give Lord Severins letter to Barakus, who is impressed but tells us that a more experienced group will handle the ruins. Grom tells him about Lord Severins father and Barakus asks us to keep that a secret for now, something the Guild can use against the Severins in the future if they need to. Barakus then grips us each by the forearm and tells us that we have earned a place in the Death Gate Guild.

Guild Perks:

  • Sell back stuff for cheapest price without the need to haggle
  • Get Death Gate tattoo on top of forearms
  • Free lodging, food, and information
First Mission

4/1-3/1499 DR


Amulet of Health +1 Vistra Fey Bedroom Hidden in the decaying wardrobe
Orb of Inevitable Continuance Shaika Feywild Library This was found on the body of a gnome illusionist
Frost Spear Grommel Feywild Armory Lost among other rusty weapons

Every year in the metropolitan merchant city of Harkenwold, near the Wealdath Forest, the prestigious Death Gate Guild holds classes and has try outs to see who will be hired as Guild Mercenaries. Many try out, but few are accepted. The guild guards it’s prestige by holding its members to the highest of standards. This year, four travelers from different parts of the world have found themselves trying out for the Death Gate Guild, not knowing that fate had brought them together for a reason. Gromel – a male Warforged Warlord from the Thayan area, Shaika – a female half shifter, half genasi Wizard from the Dalelands, Vistra – a female Dwarven Fighter, and Zed’rath – a male Drow Rogue/Scout from the Earthroot Underdark region found under Thay. We had proven ourselves in all of the preliminary test, but now it was time for the final test.

Barakus, a large battle-scarred Tiefling and the head of the guild, paired the four of us together and called us into his office to give us the final test. He told us that aside to give us our final test. Lord Arthur Severins is a huge supporter of the guild and he needs a job done for him personally. Failure will look badly on the guild (no pressure). Recently, Lord Severins wife grew ill, died, and was then resurrected through a ritual, but ever since then she’s been acting odd and melancholy. Two days ago, the town lost contact with Severin’s Manor, where he’d taken his wife to recover. He let us kow that our job is to head to the manor and to deal with this issue. Success will net us all places in the guild. We are then dismissed from his office. A Tiefling named Samael and a Dragonborn named Searynox, step forward and give us instructions to the manor. It lies to the East of town, the farthest one before the wilderness.


After stocking up on supplies, we head out to the manor, finding it with relative ease. Halfway up the lane leading to it, we hear screaming. I (Zed) go into stealth mode, carefully making my way between the lined trees and hedges to try and assess the situation, while Gromel strides right up the lane and into the open front door.

Severins Manor (#’s match rooms on Map, letters match teleport locations)

1. Entryway – Lord Severins and several servants are here barricading the way between the foyer and entryway hall. Lord Severins has dark eyes, peppered dark hair, fine robes which are now tattered and covered in blood. Even with the barricade they’re not sure how long they can hold their unseen attackers back. Lord Severins seems unimpressed with us but will take any help he can get. He tells us of how they’ve heard music coming from places it shouldn’t, they run into unseen people who they could touch and talk to, but afterwards can’t remember. Shaika and I leave Gromel and Vistra talking to the Lord while we go into the Library to speak with the old mage. Gromel also begins to help add more furniture to the barricade.

2. LibraryMaster Teranor, the wizard, in here looking through books in the library. He’s an old man and he tells us that he’s left his spell book behind in his room (in the far NE corner of the manor). Shaika and I look at each other like we can’t believe that a mage would ever leave his spellbook behind. Master Teranor is the one responsible for raising Lady Severins from the dead, but instead of using a known ritual, he admits that he used some ancient power that we’d never understand and he then draws us a map of the manor so we don’t get lost and so “nothing disappears.” We return to the Entryway, finding Gromel and Vistra wanting to move on.

3. Lady’s Room – The four of us are lead by Lord Severins in to see his wife. Lady Rosalie Severins is resting on an overstuffed couch. She’s younger than the Lord, very lovely, but she looks overly pale and exhausted and something doesn’t seem right with her. The other barricaded doors in this room look like they’ve been assailed from the outside. When we ask Rosalie more about her illness, she admits that she’d been very healthy, but suddenly fell ill and quickly died. She awoke on an alter missing her pinky finger, not like it had been cut off, but as if it had never been there. She tells us that she’s always exhausted from dancing all of the time, even though her husband tells us that she’s never left the room. Rosalie tells us a story about miniature people who took over a kingdom, but then she’s so embarrassed she never finished her story, almost like she can’t say more. We head out of the lady’s room to the East

4. Servants Quarters – in this small room we are attacked by 3 Gnomes who try to skulk around the room and attack us unseen. Luckily, our group is quick to find them and take them out.

5. Servants Beds 1 – There are 2 bunk beds and 2 trunks. I found 5 gold and some gems in the lockers, but left the gold behind for the servants.

6. Servants Beds 2 – This small room has 3 bunks and 2 footlockers, and only 1 gold

7. Hallway 1 – North of the servants quarters is a hallway filled with tapestries. As soon as we step into the hall, bells sound, the room twists around us and we find ourselves in the same hall, but now it’s older than before, the tapestries are old and decayed, there’s dust on the floor. Looking outside the only window, Shaika is able to figure out that somehow we’ve been teleported into the Feywild (a).

8. Fey Bedroom – At the end of the new hall is a bedroom with a rotted 4-poster bed and wardrobe. In the wardrobe we find a shiny Amulet of Health +1 which Vistra took to enhance herself.

9. Ballroom – The other end of the hall opens into a huge ballroom where melancholy/bizarre music is playing. The candlelight in the room seems odd, almost like it’s lighting more than just what we can see. As I step into the room, on the floor I notice that something is moving above me. I look up and realize that there are people dancing on the ceiling, 50’ above us (or maybe we’re on the ceiling). We can see Rosalie up there dancing among the others. Vistra calls to her, but she can’t hear us, so I take a coin and throw it at her, hitting her dead on. The other people in the room disappear except for Rosalie and an Eladrin man who screams at me, with magical amplification, in Elvish. “This is what he sends? How dare you come and ruin my ball. Well, on your world you have hounds, on my world we have other things.” As he says this he and Rosalie disappear and two cat-like creatures (Fey Panthers) climb down (or up) the walls to attack us. They give us a good fight, leaving us bloody, but in the end we’re able to beat them and Shaika takes the time to skin them, hoping their pelts might be worth something back home. As we leave, Vistra blows out the candles, just to see what would happen. Nothing.

10. Halway 2 – We enter another normal hall with banners on the wall that look like they belonged to ancient Drow Houses (1000+ years ago).

11. Library – This room is lined with bookshelves with crumbling old books turning to dust, a rotted desk, and a faded picture of an Eladrin (Nymisian) above the cold fireplace. As we’re searching the room we’re attacked by 3 gnomes. On one of them, Shaika found an Orb of Inevitable Continuance.

12. T-Intersection – As we leave the library and step back into the intersection, bells sound and we’re pulled back into the normal world (b).

13. Private Lounge – This decadent lounge obviously belongs to Lord Severins and everything in the room is nailed down, showing that he bought into his father’s logic that no one is to be trusted, but nothing of real interest is in the room.

14. Hallway 3 – As we step out of the lounge, we hear bells and try to jump back into the lounge, but it’s too late and we’re sucked back into the Feywild ©.

15. Sloped Hallway – This hallway slopes down and is covered in bones. As we step forward, some of the bones animate and attack, but the bones seem ancient and barely held together. When the first group is dead, a second group rises up to attack us.

16. Old Armory – Most of the weapons and armor are rusted and falling apart, but in the corner we find a magical Frost Spear which Gromel knew that he could use.

17. Storage Room – As we step into the old storage room, we didn’t get much time to look around before the bells sounded again and found ourselves back in the real world (d).

18. Teranor’s Room – Through a round about way, we found our way to the Wizard’s Room and his book was set on a pedestal in the middle of the room. Everything else in the room was protected by magical wards and we were afraid of touching anything.

19. Eladrin Library – As we step out of the Wizard’s room, back into hallway 1, we’re teleported to a rather nice Library. Leaning on the desk is our Eladrin nemesis. “Did you think I’d make it easy on you? Here’s some old friends,” he tells us in Elvish before teleporting. 2 Fey Panther attack. Once we kill them, we find nothing in the room but dust. As we leave, we are teleported back (f)


I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.