We conquer the Tomb of Horrors, losing less than 1/2 our party. Or do we…
…we do! After callously abandoning Vra’uul, Tatsu and Otto in the belly of the tomb of death, the other party members make it out of the tomb with the “Scepter of Infinite Mockery” only to be laughed to scorn by the necromancers (not only do they defile the laws of nature, they’re also real jerks). The remaining party members – read “loyalty-free abandoners of friends” – teamed up with some other adventurers who had also been suckered into the tombs and lost some of their party. They consist of a fat guy in a little coat, a sharply dressed shifter with a monacle, and some crystal-looking freaky thing WHO TALKS INTO YOUR BRAIN!! AAAHHH!! Seems a good fit to team up and try to rescue the lost members of both groups. The new guys know of a back door entrance that just happens to be guarded by 3 liches, a dracolich, and an unending supply of ghosts. Can our newly formed party join together to rescue their friends? Can Otto and Tatsu put their differences aside now that they’ve seen each other without their bodies? Can anyone get used to the crystal guy talking INTO THEIR BRAIN??!!!
The answer is… basically. Due to the combined talents of the newly formed party we have a incredibly controlled battle giving the non controllers a freedom of movement that they rarely enjoy or even really care for. Several characters pick up shiny happy objects off of a table and Gigantous picks a pretty flower… which he immediately plants in the floor. It creates a zone of hurting for the bad, undead things. To their horror, the new party’s dwarven companion is found to be lich food. He is the honored guest at an unholy feast occurring on an altar that dominates the cavern. The ghosts prove good fodder for vengeance and fall rapidly under onslaught. The liches, however, prove to be more formidable foes. The dracolich is pinned in the center of the cavern by the various controllers and has to satisfy himself by breathing out his icy fury on any who are in range. At one point Vra’uul and Mungus are encased in blocks of ice but are quickly teleported out of their icy prisons. After getting healed up, but still lacking any healing surges Mungus decided to go toe-to-toe with the dracolich and blows all his dailies in an amazing display of 3’s and 4’s. Eventually we killed the liches and slayed the dracolich…and there was much rejoicing.
Following the Epic Battle… and by Epic we do of course mean “controlled and slow” we meet up with our fallen allies to learn they are less ghosty and more solid. Wahoo!, now someone can actually whack Otto and Tatsu upside the head for going all ghosty and trying to run to their deaths. Kudos to Vra’uul for giving his life so that we could have a calorie free chocolate mace. We freed all of the poor souls that were trapped, half way between life and death, in the tomb. Among them was Jacobux Kincep. They were understandably upset at the necromancers who had held them captive for so long and thus we joined them in dispensing justice and attacking the City of Skulls. We then accompanied Jacobux back to his estate in Moondance and he promised to give us Apple Beer once he had his orchard producing again.
Side note, after gaining physical form again Tatsu has a visit in the night from the Raven Queen, she lets him know that she has not forsaken him and has given him the power of fear to do her bidding. But with this gift comes punishments for questioning her in the tomb, Tatsu has lost his wings and his breath weapon.