Stealing from the Devil Lizard: The Annals of Stonehell Dungeon – Season 1 – Fourth Session

The Annals of Stonehell are the weekly record of the semi-seasonal game of D&D that I run using the brilliant Michael Curtis’s Stonehell dungeon.  (Go and buy it now; it’s worth every dang penny.)  All installments are indexed here.

June 30, 2016

The party started out by realizing that it was actually pretty late at night, so they went back to the Wheel of Fortune room to hole up and sleep.  The night passed uneventfully, but the player characters were a little unclear about how long they actually slept (what with it being pitch black and 100 feet underground.  Once they got up, re-lit their torches and gave the Wheel of Fortune another couple of spins, they got back to exploring Hell’s Antechamber, the entry zone of Stonehell dungeon proper.  Here are some of the things they encountered:

A crumbling chamber full of niter and giant centipedes!:  The party explored a room full of cracks and niter.  They gathered up some of the niter, mostly in case they get transported to Cestus III and have to fight the Gorn captain at some point.  Just in case.  Out of the cracks crawled a mass of giant centipedes, but the player characters quickly dispatched them.

A Devil Lizard!  (Statue):  In the next room, the party found a strange statue of a large bipedal lizard with four arms and a nose horn holding a bowl overflowing with gold pieces.  The statue was surrounded by stone fragments on floor.  When the player characters disturbed it, the room started to shake and rumble, and dust and debris fell from the ceiling.  Nervous about somehow triggering a falling rock trap, the party moved on.

Water!:  After that, the party found a cistern full of perfectly potable water.  Worth noting for future emergencies, but not exactly high adventure.

Oh what the heck, let’s get the gold:  On their way back through the devil lizard room, one of the players (played by Chris) decided to just go ahead and chance it, so he ran up the statue, scooped the gold into a bag, and ran.  The ceiling collapsed, raining rocks everywhere, but Chris was lucky (skilled?) and made it out safe, sound, and a little bit richer.

On to the next session!

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