Secrets of the Chaos Scar

Episode 4

Stick in the Mud Part 2 - Death of a Robot

The arrival of the party surprises the small group of bullywugs squatting in what looks to be a library full of mud. Relic proves useful in keeping the creatures at bay so they can be taken out at range by Larissa and Tom, as maneuvering around the slippery floors and fallen bookshelves proves difficult. After the fight, Larissa manages to find a few books that are not beyond repair, and once Tom cleans them off she’s able to determine that one is a treatise on arcane ritual theory written in Primordial, with notes in the margins written in Common. She figures the book could be handy if one were trying to learn Primordial. The other is a simple curiosity entitled Goliath Wedding Rituals, but Larissa thinks it might have a place in the University’s library.

The next room, a mud-choked workshop with shelves lined with warforged parts, houses a pair of giant frogs. They initially seem harmless, but as the party approaches, one of the frogs flicks its tongue and drags Larissa into its open mouth. At the same time, a particularly fat bullywug with a staff calls down poisonous lightning onto Tom and Relic. They unload their spells on the bullywug caster but are swarmed by his minions. The bullywug caster continues to bombard them, and with their healer out of commission, Relic goes down. Tom eventually manages to free Larissa and kill the frogs, and the two of them finally take down the caster, but at the end of the fight, Relic lies in pieces. A search of the workshop reveals that its owner obviously did warforged research here, and Larissa finds a slim journal that seemed to have been written by Voran Earthmane himself. Several parts seem to have been torn out, but there are plenty of notes on how to build warforged. Gathering as many spare parts as they can, they load up Relic’s broken body and head back up to the surface. When they reach the entrance to the ruin, they realize Ella is missing, but her disappearance is quickly dismissed in the light of the current emergency.



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