The Land That Time Forgot

It's Interrogation, Not Torture

Or Why Dave Has a Broken Leg

We find our heroes sleeping off the night’s festivities in the Greased Gear, patron tavern of the City of Gond. When they awaken, they decide that their best course of action would be to head to the nearby cavern of cultists and deal with them appropriately. Xil and Merrily went to the jeweler to get some items and then the party headed out. They hiked up the mountains in the snow or probably not snow and eventually found the entrance to the cavern in a small valley. The entrance was marked with evil looking runes and littered with freshly picked bones. A foul energy emanated from within. The party entered the main chamber and were met by several cultists. As Hendrick set about questioning them as to their purposes, Hide began murdering them instead. Xil attempted to help question, but only succeeded in scaring and confusing the remaining cultist. With him dead, Xil shifted into one of the now deceased cultists and donned their robes. Hendrick disguised himself as another cultist and the two went toward where the cleric had detected the faint presence of magic. Their goal was to be let into the inner chamber and discover what the cultists were planning, then to draw up a plan of attack. They told the gatekeeper their tale of being beset by strange men and killing them all. The gatekeeper requested the bodies. So Hendrick and Xil returned to the antechamber and mutilated the faces of the dead cultists and dragged them back to the large, ornate doors. They were ushered inside the main room after the gatekeeper, Uncle Cultist, whispered the magic password to dispel the lock. Hendrick began chatting up Uncle Cultist, complaining about their apparent boss, Vistrus, not knowing he was in the room. What met Hendrick’s gaze was a seven foot tall Cambion. Blood red skin decorated with devilish black tattoos, large leathery wings protruding from his back, a pointed tail, and sharp looking horns protruding from his brow. Yes, this was definitely something culty. There were a few other cultists busying themselves tampering with a magic circle on the ground. Hendrick excused himself to go make sure they got all the bodies and returned to the party and let them know what was going on. He shrouded them in magical darkness and led them back toward the door. The wizard, cleric, and barbarian hid within the darkness until Hendrick got the doors opened and then on his word, fled the darkness and screamed their battle cries as they burst into the room. Merrily cast a shatter spell and hit the four cultists around the circle, shattering a couple of their swords in the process. Hide brushed past the underlings and headed straight for the cambion. Rix blasted Vistrus with her clericy powers and Hendrick and Xil confused Uncle Cultist as to which of them were the doppleganger trying to infiltrate the cult. Eventually Xil took the credit he was due and celebrated by shanking Uncle Cultist in the gut. Hendrick went to “save” Vistrus from Hide and instead slashed him with a scimitar. Xil’s cover having been blown, he danced away from Uncle Cultist and cast a sleep spell on the other four cultists. They dropped to the floor and were promptly forgotten about. Vistrus briefly gained mental control of Hide and then was impaled on a pair of scimitars in the hands of Cultist Marcus (which was the name of the guy Hendrick disguised himself as). The sleeping cultists were tied up and Hendrick joined them to try to get them to talk. Hide carved the wings off Vistrus and kept them for his dinner. Xil stole Cultist Steve and set up his own special version of interrogation. Uncle Cultist tried to run away so Rix bashed his face in. Then she went to interrogate the cultists after they woke up. They didn’t know anything. Hide tried his way. They didn’t know anything and Dave got his leg broken. Steve told Xil that none of them really knew why they were destroying the circle except Vistrus had received orders. Xil looted Vistrus’ body and found the orders. Along with a couple of astral diamonds. The orders essentially told Vistrus to pay and or bribe as many people as possible to join him in a cult to an unnamed demon. Their current goal for his glory was to destroy this magic circle and any like it they could find. These circles were critical to Mephistopheles’ rise to power and could potentially even grant his followers greater power. They had all learned something valuable after Xil shared this information with everyone else. While Xil convinced Cultist Steve to turn his life around, Hendrick and everyone else began experimenting with the magic circle. They discovered that when Hendrick touched it, the circle glowed. But only when Hendrick did so. In a stroke of critical thinking, Hendrick walked into the center of the circle and the whole thing glowed. It completed itself and granted him a strange and unusual power. Steve came back and told Xil there was a hidden room somewhere full of treasure but the cultists never had time to find it. The adventurers eventually found it, narrowly avoided the traps that surrounded the treasure rooms and found what appeared to be incredibly magical items. Miraculously, one item per member of the party and even more fantastically, almost as if they had been crafted just for them. They explored far enough to find a small hidden study with a couple of half rotten books and not much else. Then they let the cultists go, got briefly assaulted by pitte ehkspees and fell soundly to sleep within the cavern. Next to Vistrus’ bleeding corpse.

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