Gnarshm’s Book of Cartography Volume II, page 2
After relaxing a bit back at Castle Rivaria’s Inn, the party regrouped and began their march along the main road for a while before heading northward towards a fortress at the edge of the seacoast. Klobber made an announcement. “This is the fortress of the demonic empress. It is said that she too possesses shards of the famed Tablet of Uthar.” Strangely they found the gates to the fortress left open as if the demon empress was expecting us. Waves crashed onto the fortress walls as the party made their way inside.
“There is so much mist and fog in here and so little light. I must have light and magic detection too!” the Jade Hatted gnome spoke as she cast her spells. Jadehat proceeded to lead the way, magic torch in hand. She pushed open a door to a small room which contained magical markings on the floor of a large circle with a directional arrow pointing towards a wall directly in front of it.
Wyvam began to inspect the marking. “What does it mean? There are no writingsezz on the wall and no way forwardsezz.” the kobold stated as he stepped into the circle.
POOF! A cloud of smoke appeared where the kobold had been standing. “A teleporter!” Klobber shouted as the smoke began to clear.
“Where do you think he went?” Gnarshm inquired.
“Well there’s only one way to find out. Let’s follow and see where the teleporter takes us.” the orken Mead said, as he too stepped into the teleportation circle with another POOF! One by one the party stepped through the teleporter and arrived at another location where they met back up with the kobold Wyvam. The twisting corridor led the group southward to another small room. Something inside the room emanated a warm red glowing aura.
“What is it?” the goblin Klobber approached the glowing object. What he found was a pentagram stone, which he looked at with interest, then placed the stone in his pocket.
“I’ve found another teleporter!” Woodsy reported, and the party was again magically transported to yet another part of the fortress.
Jadehat’s magical torch was diminished and began to flicker and fade. Another spell of light rejuvenated the enchanted flames. “Look there! A breach in the wall.” Bits and chunks of stone blocks lay strewn about on the ground before a gaping hole in the sandstone wall. It must lead to the fort’s inner sanctum.” the gnome said as she stepped through the vacant portion of wall.
“It looks like something blasted its way into this place.” Gnarshm noted.
“Or blasted its way out.” Mead countered as they each followed Jadehat further into the fortress.
The sound of battle could be heard just up ahead. Metal swords clashed and the occasional clang of weapons smashed into defensive shields. A pack of imps and lesser demons surrounded and battled a wounded knight. Mead, Woodsy and Ingrid sprung into action hacking back at the demons with their weapons. Jadehat and Ruby began repelling the demons with the excommunication ritual. Klobber fired off a few magic missiles into one particularly nasty demon. The last missile tore the demon’s head clean off.
The wounded knight was bleeding profusely. Ingrid the paladin approached and offered to help. “Let me use the power of my God to heal your wounds.” Ingrid lifted her hands up in the air and as she said a holy prayer, her hands began to glow. A holy light made her hands glow with power. Ingrid placed her hands over the knight’s wound and magically the wound healed.
“Thank you for saving me from those wretched demons. I thought I was done for. But now I am exhausted and must rest. Please take my sword. It has magical properties. Use it and defeat the evil of this place!” the knight offered. It’s name is the Lawful Avenger.”
Ingrid graciously took the sword. “I shall use this against the demon empress and her minions. This sword has yet to see its last battle.” the paladin declared. The party regrouped and moved onwards.
Along the southern tip of the fortress the kobold Wyvam found a locked door with a pentagram shaped pattern. “I cannot pry this door opensezz. It must requirezz a key.” The party had no key and the door didn’t even have a key lock.
The goblin Klobber stormed forward. “Out of ze way! I know how to get past ze door.” Klobber pulled out the pentagram stone that he had placed into his pocket and held it out in front of the door. The pentagram stone began to glow as the heavy fortress door slowly creeped open. The party filed in one by one. The group walked down a corridor and reached a door which easily swung open revealing a room with four doors. The party entered the room. The goblin gave a stern warning. “DO NOT MOVE! There are deadly traps in this room. One wrong step and ZZAPP!! you’re dead! However I do have a trick for ye all!” the goblin began to speak in magic tongues.
“Chunga Wuuunnngaaa…….where aaarrreee yooouuu!” Klobber called.
From out of the darkness came a black cat with big round green glowing eyes.
“Awww, look at the cute little cat. She’s so pretty.” Ingrid stated adoringly.
“Never mind that you! What wretched creature ye see before ye is the infamous CHUNGA WUNGA! She is the most evilest cat ye’ve ever seen! More evil than Dr. Evil’s Mr. Bigglesworth! NO, WAIT! More evil than Dr. Claw’s MAD CAT!” Klobber exclaimed.
“Oh she can’t be that bad, can she? She’s just so cute!” Gnarshm announced.
“Well, we shall see… oh yes, we shall see very soon. Hehehe.” Klobber retorted. “Here Chunga Wunga! Over here. Come this way. Oh yes, just walk straight ahead. Good……good…..just a little further…..yes, just a step more…”
ZZZAAAPPP!!! And with that, the Chunga Wunga was completely disintegrated.
“OH MY GOD!” What have you done to her! You vile and disgusting goblin!” Ingrid shouted at Klobber.
Ruby, Gnarshm and the two gnomes in the party looked on in horror. Even Woodsy the elf war mage was horrified.
The goblin Klobber announced “The way forward is now clear! Let’s proceed onwards!”
The next room was filled with a vile assortment of despicable demons. Demogorgon’s, Juiblex’s, Balron’s, Baalzebul’s, and last but not least, the great Demon Empress herself!
“Meet your doom, wretched adventurers! I’ll have your souls ensnared in little vials just for my amusement!” the demon empress imperiled.
Ingrid leapt into action commanding the lawful avenger to swing and chop its way through the layers of demon hoards that encompassed the demon empress’ proving grounds, single-highhandedly taking out the majority of the demons in this fight.
Raax then stepped forward casting a fireball that blasted some balrons in a blaze of fire before being taken out by one of the remaining demogorgons.
Ruby cast her icestorm, freezing the remaining demons in their tracks.
However it was Greyrobe, the gnome that condemned the Demon Empress using the monk’s condemnation chants to send her back to the hellish abyss from whence she came.
When the battle was finally over, the party found another piece of the tablet of Uthar in a small room in the northwestern corner.
“Back to the castle!” Klobber ordered.