The Lost Mine of Phandelver

The Storks

LMoP Session 4

The group headed to the Shrine of Luck, a temple dedicated to the Goddess of Luck Tymora. Inside the richly decorated temple they found Carp sitting with a beautiful blond elven woman who introduced herself as Sister Garaele. With a look of recognition, she disappeared briefly and returned with a refreshed-looking Tulinthel. She entrusted the group with a quest: visit the banshee Agatha and ascertain the location of the legendary mage Bowgentle's spellbook. As a reward, she would offer the group 3 potions of healing and her gratitude. To aid with the quest, Garaele gave Tulinthel a beautiful silver comb to help flatter the banshee.

Halain privately convinced Garaele to give her two potions up front, which she did not reveal to the party.

Within the Shrine was a large golden fountain. When Balmore threw a golden coin in, he was filled with the Blessing of Tymora, which lasted until he fell asleep that night in Quelline's hayloft. La'Thum and Dobby opted to spend the night in the Stonehill Inn. Dobby's attempts to teach La'Thum Goblin proved fruitless.

In the morning, the group went to the Merchant Square and rented several horses, along with a pony for Tulinthel and a large mastiff for Dobby. They then proceeded towards Conyberry, a ransacked town about 45 miles northeast of Phandalin, near which Agatha's lair was said to be. Along the route they were accosted by a band of 5 orcs prowling the area. They were wearing crudely fashioned owlbear hide armor, yet proved no great challenge to the party. 

The party reached Conyberry at around 5 pm and decided to settle in for the night. Examining the empty town they discovered an inn that had long since been pillaged and set up for the night. While on third watch, Tulinthel spotted a small band of goblins moving through the village, though they paid no attention to the inn in which the party was hiding.

In the morning, the group ventured into the forest to find Agatha's lair. Reaching a decrepit hut hidden amongst the vines, Tulinthel called out to the banshee while brandishing the silver comb, prompting the door to swing open of its own accord. The group entered the hut with the exception of La'Thum and Dobby, who waited uneasily outside. 

The banshee materialized, accepted the comb as an appropriate tribute, and told the group she would answer any one question they posed. She revealed that Bowgentle's books had been traded to a necromancer named Tsernoth over a hundred years before, and had last been seen in the city of Iriaebor.

As the party wended its way back through the woods towards Conyberry, they kept hearing what sounded like the cry of a baby somewhere off the road. Chopping through dense vines and foliage they stumbled upon a dark ceremony: a group of goblins apparently preparing to sacrifice a human infant to the god Maglubiyet. Tulinthel, speaking Goblin, suggested that sacrificing a goblin would be much more pleasing to Maglubiyet than a human. The goblin cleric agreed, and La'Thum brought forth an already-fainted Dobby and placed him upon the altar next to the baby. All the while, Balmore and Halain remained hidden in the underbrush at the edge of the clearing. Tulinthel slowly inched behind the goblin cleric. As the goblin's blade was about to come down upon Dobby, La'Thum scooped up the two victims and rushed to the trees, while the rest of the party rained attacks down upon the goblins. Before rushing back in, La'Thum attempted to wake the unconscious Dobby by having him inhale incense, but the smoke only made him poisoned. Care for the baby kept being handed off to different members over the course of the combat, until all the goblins were killed.

The party recovered their mounts and took the baby back to Phandalin. As all the shops had by now closed, they decided to rest for the night, then approach the new townmaster, Sildar, the next morning about the baby. La'Thum and Dobby retired to a room in the Stonehill Inn, while Halain and Balmore checked in with Quelline and Maurice. The older woman was doing much better, though apparently her healed leg was younger and stronger than it had been previously, making her stand and walk just a tad crooked. Maurice said that he wanted to make sure she was completely self-sufficient before he rejoined the party, but invited Halain and Balmore to make themselves at home in the hayloft once more. 

The next morning, the party regrouped and asked the new townmaster, Sildar, whether anyone was missing a baby. He hadn't heard anything, but suggested they leave it with the woodworker and his barren wife. Dubbing themselves The Storks, Tulinthel and La'Thum bestowed the baby (who they decided to name Charles) upon the couple. The couple, Erna and Bart Wocomy, cautiously accepted him.

Fully rested, the party made their way towards Wyvern Tor to deal with the orcs that have been plaguing the region. Halain, familiar with the near-Thundertree area, set the party on the right course towards the hilly landmark. Setting up camp in a tiny clearing, the party was attacked in the middle of the night by four ferocious wolves. Highlights: Dobby had his first true taste of combat, Tulinthel invoked a healing word ("Golf!"), Halain pew-pewed everything from the back, the hulking La'Thum got knocked prone by a wolf, and Balmore finally hit something with his sling.

After resting a bit more, the party made their way over to Wyvern Tor. Halain found orc tracks that led to a cave, outside of which one orc stood watch. Halain attempted to bring down the orc with a single shot, but the orc was merely wounded. As Tulinthel charged him, he shouted into the cave and out poured 5 more orc grunts, a larger orc that looked a bit like Abhijit, and an enormous ogre.

The party fought for their lives, sustaining serious damage even from just one successful hit by an enemy. Tulinthel noticed that the orcs seemed to be taking their orders from the Abhijit-orc, and told her companions to direct their fire upon him. 

Once the Abhijit-orc was killed, the other orcs quickly lost heart and attempted to flee. La'Thum imbued his newly-acquired magic blade with the might of Bahamut and sliced through 3 in one swing. However, the ogre continued fighting regardless. Balmore finally managed to bring him down with a perfectly cast Witch Bolt, sending a lance straight through the ogre's heart that sent jolts of electricity through his entire body and burst him like a balloon.

Treasure was acquired, and the party took a long, well-deserved rest back in the tiny clearing where their mounts were being watched by Dobby.

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