Pinnacles of Power
Gamblers Guide to Toril session 31
The guardian didn’t react when we moved to inspect the room, so we felt confident to examine the door with the scroll symbol of Tempus. This had to be the library of the monastery, cleverly sealed behind one door and now needing another password to breach. Janeausdal seemed to think one of the adjutants of the grand masters in here had dabbled in the arcane arts, most likely in connection with this door. Too bad he didn’t remember the name.
Returning to the kitchen we discovered another exit to upstairs in a side room covered with mushrooms, edible ones at that. The kitchen seemed a place we could flee from to multiple directions in case of an attack, so we decided to camp there after I suggested it. Finally I got to read my precious spellbook again, too long between sessions leaves an elf grumpy and weak.
After meditating a bit I took over the guard duties and was at the very end of the shift when I got rewarded with a scene from a bad play. An undead gnome, most likely a lich, came from the well in the kitchen with a rope it shot from a couple hundred feet down to the kitchen roof with a mechanical arrow construction. A lich gnome. I mean, really? Faerun can sometimes be so very weird.
The lich turned out to be somewhere between friendly and neutral, so we managed to pump it for some information even though Amalasraee did try to wrestle the thing for some reason. Also of note was Viima doing his uncanny imitation of paralyzed prey again; turns out the lich was one of his former companions. Wonder what happened there, with one dead, one half shadow and others who knows where?
Jane slept through the whole episode so I had to deliver the information about the important people from the monastery I had managed to get from the lich. He remembered the adjutants name so after a quick breakfast and meditation session, the door was mine as well as everything valuable behind it.
The password was adjutant Adrian which makes sense, Tempus isn’t exactly known for subtlety even though that point was completely missed by Amalasraee and Jane. They actually thought one had to whisper or speak normally to get the door to open. Pfff. Shouting is more in theme with Tempus, so I delivered a ringing shout of the correct phrase to get the door to open and was rewarded with a library.
Which, in hindsight, I should’ve realized would mostly hold divine stuff. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers and with that in mind, I scooped up everything magical I could find in the place, except the shield. That magical shield could very well be one of the relics in earlier times held aloft in the magical stream, so I wisely left it alone for now.
Not seeing much of interest besides some huge maps of the vale, I was checking out the “secret door” Kaithlin found earlier. Nothing of the sort, but there was a small hole in the wall right behind the helmed horror. Not touching it to see into it. Maybe later when I can properly prepare myself for a showdown with it.