Danni as Scrub DM
Austin as Badger Oneshoe, Forest Gnome Druid of the Shepherd
Sean as Alvron, Mountain Dwarf Wizard
Ben as Rhai Lussa’yassene, Drow Warlock of The Great Old Ones
Minami as Vogni Mormand, Lightfoot Halfling Giant-Soul Sorcerer
Conway as Kara Nekron, Tiefling Hexblade Warlock
Alex as Torinn Norixius, White Dragonborn Fighter/Paladin
Jess as “Co-DM”
The group met up with Caithe as she led them down the tunnel towards the Twilight Grove. Along the way Caithe explained what she knew about The Nightmare Court. They are being run by a Secondborn Sylvari named Caderyn, he has recruited a Firstborn Sylvari called Caera to his cause and as his second in command. This group wants to try understand the Nightmares seen in The Dream and bring them to life by commiting cruel and evil acts in the town. Their overall goal being to corrupt The Mother Tree to bring her around to their ideals and way of thinking.
They having been gaining support in secret and been in hiding, but there have been whispers of the group moving out beyond the town and spreading to the forest and nearby towns like TuskHaven. Caithe explains that they have gained too much support to simply attack head on and doing so would cause a civil war for their race. Their only hope is to infiltrate and bring down the group from the inside.
After taking the left at a fork in the road the group found themselves in a large cavern, there were 6 golden frames covered by red curtains along the walls, one of which had a golden rope next to the painting. Further ahead were a set of square geometric tiles stretching from wall to wall, at the end of the cavern there was another set of 6 golden frames covered by the same red curtain. Caithe apologises to the group and explains that this task will involve more than fighting and they need to be sure that the group is up to the task and thus must solve the puzzle ahead of them.
The group takes turns pulling the golden rope which reveals the person who pulled the rope in the painting as the curtain opened saluting. Kara eventually wonders off to the other frames and as the curtain gets pulled she sees a picture of herself pointing. Figuring out they all needed to stand in front of a frame, the group pulled the curtain and copied the poses of themselves in the painting. Different coloured gems appeared in the paintings which each person took.
When this happened the geometric tiles lit up and begun moving in random patterns towards the group. They spent time experimenting with the blue lights, figuring out if they touched the light on the tiles they would be teleported back to the start of the tiles. Badger, having an idea, wild shaped into a spider and ran along the wall with his gem to reach the end. Once he did, one of the paintings materialised with himself as a spider shrugging with a space to put the gem. He put the gem back into the painting which immediately smoothed over. The group after a bit more experimenting, ducked and weaved through the lights to make their way to the end and insert their gems into the paintings which revealed a door.
Caithe casts a spell of Mass Invisibility on the group and leads them through the town into Caithe’s house where they meet Trahearne, another Firstborn Sylvari set to bring down the Nightmare Court. The group had the chance to ask a few more questions before getting a nights rest and being disguised as Sylvari before heading to the shopping distract to buy various items to refill their supplies. Their shopping done, they were led to The Grove of Tiressia where The Nightmare Court have taken up residence.
The group stated their intentions to join their cause wand were granted a meeting with Caera, the second in command. Entering Caera’s house, they learn that Caderyn has become unstable and now wishes to destroy The Mother Tree and take her place himself, something that a large majority of The Nightmare Court don’t agree with. Caera asks the groups help to take down Caderyn so she can take her place and stop the murder of The Mother Tree. Aligning with the groups goals, they agree to help caera and to meet back here in 48 hours after she has had time to set up her plan. She adds in the meantime it would help to try disrupt Caderyn’s supporters which have secluded themselves down 3 different pathways.
The group decides to head back to The Twilight Grove for the meantime save for Kara and Rhai. Rhai decided to follow Caera to see if he could see where Caderyn was located but wasn’t stealthy enough to evade Caera. He stated his intentions to want to meet Caderyn for himself, understanding his logic, she told him if he made a name for himself, she could convince Caderyn to meet with him. Satisfied, Rhai went off and informed the group from now on he could not be seen with them and went down the right path to find a number of Sylvari trapped in cages or restrained with various injuries. With a show of minor illusion he scared the prisoners, getting a chuckle from the guards. His deed done, Rhai left, leaving Kara down the middle path.
Puzzle Complete +500xp
Grove of Tiressia
Arrived at Twilight Grove
1x Days Travel +50xp
Total Experience Earned
1150/6 = 192xp per player